Kerry Abrams is Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Law. In the Provost’s Office, Professor Abrams is responsible for coordinating faculty recruitment and retention efforts university-wide. She also develops and implements faculty policies, oversees the promotion and tenure process at the University, assists faculty in addressing dual career issues, and coordinates efforts to ensure diversity, inclusion, and equity.
Abrams joined the University of Virginia faculty in 2005 and the Provost’s Office in 2014. Her primary teaching and research interests are in the areas of citizenship law, immigration law, constitutional law, legal history, and family law. Abrams has written numerous articles on the family-based migration, the history of immigration law, and the marriage equality movement.
Abrams is a graduate of Swarthmore College, where she earned a B.A. in English literature with highest honors. She graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School, where she was president of the Moot Court Board. After law school, she clerked for Judge Stanwood R. Duval Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and practiced law for several years in the litigation department of the New York City law firm of Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler LLP. From 2002-05, she was Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering at New York University School of Law.
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