Nitza Escalera
Assistant Dean

Fordham University School of Law
140 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Telephone: 212.636.6818

Nitza Milagros Escalera has served as the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Fordham Law since 1994 where her responsibilities include orientation, graduation, academic and personal counseling activities, accommodations for students with disabilities, and advising student organizations. Currently Dean Escalera is teaching a two-credit course at Fordham in Negotiation and Mediation from a cross-cultural perspective. In addition, Dean Escalera serves as an adjunct professor at the John Jay School of Criminal Justice where she teaches a course on Race and Ethnicity with a focus on the Latino and Hispanic experience in the United States. Currently, Dean Escalera is a founder and member of the Board of Directors of Friends of PASOS: A Museum and Center for Peacebuilding, Inc.

Academic Employment

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Fordham University School of Law, 2004 – Present

Adjunct Professor (Race and Ethnicity), City University of New York, John Jay School of Criminal Justice, 2008 – Present

Negotiation and Mediation: Cross Cultural Perspectives course, Fordham University School of Law, 2007 – Present

Adjunct Professor (Civil Rights and Criminal Justice), City University of New York, John Jay School of Criminal Justice, 1991 – 1993

Other Legal Employment

New York State Division for Youth, Hearing Officer, 1994

Community Service Society of New York, Inc., Staff Attorney, 1992-1994, Director of Health Advocacy, 1990 – 1991

New York City Commission on Human Rights, Attorney Trainee, 1987 – 1990

Professional Affiliations

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District

U.S. District Court for the Southern District

New York State Court

American Bar Association

National Hispanic Bar Association

New York County Lawyers' Bar Association

New York State Bar Association


Teachers College, Columbia University, Ed.M., Peace Education, 2006

Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1987

New York University, Masters of Public Administration, 1984

Syracuse University, Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling, 1976

Le Moyne College, B.A., 1973