Assistant Professor of Law
Business Law, Privacy Law, Health Law, Antidiscrimination Law
Professor Ajunwa is an Assistant Professor of Law, hired to teach Contracts, Health Law, and Intellectual Property Law. Prior to joining the UDC faculty in Fall 2014, Professor Ajunwa was a Fellow at Columbia Law School and she was a Visiting Teaching Fellow at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She completed her undergraduate education at UC Davis, where she was a McNair Scholar, and earned her law degree from the University of San Francisco, where she received the AAUW Selected Professions Fellowship and served as an editor with the Intellectual Property Law Bulletin and the Journal of Law and Social Challenges. She is a Ph.D. Candidate at Columbia University in the Sociology Department (concentration in Organizational Studies and Law and Society).
Professor Ajunwa is admitted to the Bar in California and New York. Before her career in academia, Professor Ajunwa practiced Business and Intellectual Property Law in San Francisco and she was a legal consultant to a multinational IP Law firm in Thailand. She also served as a pro bono attorney for Centro Legal De La Raza in California during which she represented immigrants at bond hearings. She has also volunteered with the ACLU of NY (the NYCLU) and has been a researcher with UNESCO in New York City.
Professor Ajunwa is committed to multidisciplinary research and has frequently included insights from organizational studies, sociology, and social psychology in her legal writing. Her paramount research interests are in employing critical legal theory in examining when and how discrimination arising from a disadvantaged identity or social status should be addressed by the legal system. Specifically, she has focused on two emerging areas for anti-discrimination laws: 1) discrimination against the incarcerated/formerly incarcerated and 2) genetic discrimination. Although these areas seemingly represent divergent legal fields of scholarship, one implicating criminal law and procedure, and the other health law and employment discrimination, both areas concern marginalized populations and the efficacy of the law when confronted with new social and technological developments.
Professor Ajunwa's current research in privacy law scrutinizes emerging issues in the workplace, with a particular focus on corporate wellness programs and work productivity applications.
Professor Ajunwa has been invited to symposia and panels across the country. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming from the Fordham Law Review, the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and the Ohio State Law Journal, among others. Professor Ajunwa’s commentary has appeared on media outlets such as Uptown Radio in NYC, the HuffingtonPost, and the NYTimes.
List of Publications
Selected Other Writings
- A call to 'ban the box' on college applications, Washington Examiner (November 10, 2015)
- The other big US Supreme Court decision we should be celebrating is one no one’s talking about, Quartz Magazine (June 29, 2015)
- There is No Guarantee of Anonymity for Online Genetic Databases, NY Times Room for the Debate (March 2, 2015)
Do You Know Where Your Health Data Is?, HuffingtonPost (February 13, 2015)
United Nations Human Rights Council, Report to the 4th Session: Effects of and Recommendations for the Eradication of the Illicit Transfer and Dumping of Toxic Waste, UNHRC, 4th session, A/HRC/4/NGO/11
-- cited in The Influx of Used Electronics into Africa: A Perilous Trend, 5/1 Law, Environment and Development Journal (2009), p. 90
Trafigura’s One Million Euro Fine For Hazardous Waste, Opinio Juris (July 29, 2010)
- Quoted in The Guardian: "Wellness programs at work: could your boss be spying on your health?," February 29, 2016.
- Quoted in CNN: "Workplace wellness programs put employee privacy at risk," October 2, 2015.
- Quoted in Buzzfeed: "Your DNA Could Soon Be Used In Your Work’s Wellness Program," November 9, 2015.
- Quoted in Bloomberg: "The Pitfalls of Health-Care Companies’ Addiction to Big Data," September 23, 2015.
- Quoted in Nature: "To Share is Human," Nature Biotechnology, Volume 33, number 8. August, 2015.
- Featured in This Week in Health Law (TWIHL) Podcast: GINA, Genetic Discrimination, and Disparate Impact, July 6th, 2015.
- Quoted in MotherBoard Vice: "These Are All the Things That Could Go Wrong with 23andMe's Drug Development," March 19, 2015.