Jory Steele is the associate dean of student affairs at Stanford Law School. She earned her undergraduate degree at Stanford and returned in 2014 to serve as the director of pro bono and externship programs and a lecturer in law at the law school. Prior to returning to Stanford, she was both the managing attorney and director of education equity at the ACLU of Northern California, where she focused on racial justice and educational equity issues for almost 10 years. She began her legal career as a Skadden Fellow at the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center, where she litigated racial and sexual discrimination cases for more than five years. She also externed for the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
After graduating from Stanford with a B.A. degree in international relations in 1993, she worked in South Africa as a Fulbright Scholar, where she researched the effects of apartheid on higher education as part of a project to integrate South Africa’s higher education system at the end of apartheid. Jory graduated from Columbia Law School, and also holds a master’s degree in International and Public Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She is a member of the California Bar.