Columbia Law School, J.D., with Honors; and Barnard College, Columbia University, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa. Finley is University Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and the Frank G. Raichle Professor of Trial and Appellate Advocacy in the Law School at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. She has also served as Director of the Law School’s Gender, Law and Social Policy Program of the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy. While at Columbia Law School, she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar (for all three years) and served as Articles Editor of the COLUMBIA LAW REVIEW. She then served as law clerk to Judge Arlin M. Adams on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and then practiced law in Washington D.C. at Shea & Gardner. Prior to joining the Buffalo law faculty, she was on the Yale Law School faculty and also has been a visiting professor of law at Cornell, the University of Sydney, and DePaul. She has lectured about legal topics in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Italy, and Turkey, and is the former Chair of the Torts Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). She has argued several cases before the Supreme Court of the United States and U.S. Courts of Appeals, on matters ranging from the First Amendment and regulating protest activity, to employment discrimination, labor law, torts, and medical malpractice. She has written or contributed to numerous amicus curiae briefs, and has testified before U.S. Senate and House of Representatives committees as well as legislatives committees in various states. She is the co-author of a leading casebook, TORT LAW AND PRACTICE (3d ed., 2006), and has published numerous book chapters and law review articles, the latter in such journals as the YALE LAW JOURNAL, COLUMBIA LAW REVIEW, NORTHWESTERN LAW REVIEW, NOTRE DAME LAW REVIEW, TENNESSEE LAW REVIEW, TEMPLE LAW REVIEW, YALE JOURNAL OF LAW & FEMINISM, and EMORY LAW JOURNAL. Her influential article, The Hidden Victims of Tort Reform: Women, Children and the Elderly, 53 EMORY L.J. 1263 (2004), provides an original and widely cited empirical analysis of how tort “reform” caps on non-economic damages disparately impact women, the elderly, and children.

Finley’s teaching, writing, advocacy, and research focus on torts and tort reform; proof of causation in toxic torts; litigation practice and appellate advocacy; gender and the law; feminist jurisprudence; reproductive rights; labor and employment and employment discrimination law.