Rachel E. Deming is codirector of the International Transactions Clinic. Her research, writing, and advocacy interests include cross-border transactions, sustainable development, corporate social responsibility, environmental finance, and dispute resolution.
Prof. Deming returned to the Law School after spending more than 25 years practicing law in New York. She began her career as an associate at Shearman & Sterling working on international banking issues, and cross-border merger and acquisition litigation. She left to become in-house environmental counsel for a Swiss-based global manufacturing company, a position which led to an increasing range of managerial responsibilities and included advocacy on environmental concerns and corporate sustainable development. She negotiated several consent agreements involving the cleanup of major Superfund sites and also managed the resolution of high-profile tort claims against the company outside the courtroom. Recognizing the value of alternative dispute resolution, Prof. Deming joined a law firm in New York City in 2007 and became a mediator. She has mediated many disputes in the state and federal courts in New York and New Jersey, most of which involved commercial or environmental matters.
In recognition of her expertise in environmental and financial issues, Prof. Deming was appointed by the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to its Environmental Financial Advisory Board, serving as a member from 2005-2011. She also was involved in the establishment of an environmental dispute resolution center at Pace Law School, the Kheel Center for the Resolution of Environmental Interest Disputes, and received the Founder's Award for her work in 2009 from Theodore W. Kheel, the well-known labor arbitrator whom The New York Times called "the most influential peacemaker in New York City in the last half-century."
Prof. Deming is a frequent speaker on sustainable development, environmental, and alternative dispute resolution issues at legal conferences, and is an active member of the environmental and dispute resolution sections of the ABA, New York State Bar, and New York City Bar Associations.
She received her AB in Russian studies and history, cum laude with honors, from the University of Michigan in 1977, and her JD from Michigan Law School in 1982. She completed a post-graduate fellowship with the International Research & Exchanges Board at Moscow State University, where she researched the application of international law by the Soviet legal system.