Sherley Cruz

Practitioner-in-Residence, Civil Advocacy Clinic

Office: Room Y253
Phone: 202-274-4498
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Sherley E. Cruz, is a Practitioner in Residence with the Civil Advocacy Clinic (CAC). Prior to joining CAC, professor Cruz was the Director of Litigation and Education and a Clinical Fellow at Suffolk University Law School with the Housing Discrimination Testing Program (HDTP) and Accelerator Practice. In that role, she supervised law students handling housing discrimination cases and conducted community legal education regarding fair housing duties and responsibilities. Professor Cruz also served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Law where she supervised law students in the Employment Rights Clinic and taught pre-trial and trial advocacy. Before becoming a Professor, Ms. Cruz worked as a staff attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) in the Employment Law Unit (EU). Her work with GBLS’ EU included representing low-wage and immigrant workers with unemployment, wage and hour, discrimination, workplace harassment, and working condition issues, in addition to support immigrant worker centers with organizing campaigns and community actions. Professor Cruz has also served as the Outreach Coordinator for the Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts’s Fair Labor Division.

Professor Cruz has a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A., cum laude, from Boston University. She has been an active member of community and bar associations. Some of her service includes: Vice President of the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Professors, the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section Committee and the MBA’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.  She also served as co-chair of the 2015-2016 Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association’s Women’s Leadership Initiative.  The National Law Journal and Connecticut Law Tribune recognized Professor Cruz as a 2015 Boston Rising Star. In 2012, the Massachusetts Bar Association and Lawyers Weekly recognized Professor Cruz as an Up and Coming Lawyer. 

Degrees & Universities

  • B.A., Boston University (cum laude)
  • J.D., Boston University School of Law