Laura Schachter Hertzog
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Laura Schachter Hertzog is the general counsel and Dean of Faculty and Staff Relations at Hunter College, the largest college in the City University of New York system, with 23,000 students and an annual budget of more than $200 million. She provides advice and support to the College on a broad array of issues, such as litigation, employment and labor law, governance, fundraising, and financial matters, and counsel to the college’s Campus Schools, publicly funded K-6 and 7-12 schools. Laura previously practiced as a litigator at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and Loeb & Loeb, LLP.
Previously, she was Director of Cornell ILR’s Diversity and Inclusion Program, the Dean for Diversity and Compliance at Hunter and Director of Global Diversity for Credit Suisse First Boston. In 2011, Laura was selected by Diversity MBA magazine as one of the nation’s Top 50 Under 50 Emerging Leaders in the field of Diversity and Inclusion.
She earned an A.B. from Princeton University in East Asian Studies (Chinese) and a J.D., Cum Laude, from the University of Michigan School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review. She earned an M.A. in History from Montclair State University in 2013. Laura held a federal clerkship in the Southern District of New York, and has been a faculty member at Brooklyn, Fordham, and NYU law schools. She is a former Vice Chair of the Montclair Civil Rights Commission and former member of the Achievement Gap Advisory Panel.
Laura grew up in Montclair, and is a proud graduate of Montclair High. She and her four siblings attended many of the schools in town and she was inspired by watching her mother give generously of her time as a frequent school volunteer.
Laura’s son and niece attend public elementary school in Montclair, and she has been very involved in their school, primarily as a library volunteer, member of the SAT, and regular “craft mom/aunty” in their classrooms. Laura’s goal is to help ensure that our schools provide all children with equal access to student-focused public education of the highest caliber. She believes strongly in the words written by cartoonist Jim Davis: “It’s amazing what one can accomplish when one doesn’t know what one can’t do.”