Nancy Bregstein Gordon L'76
Lecturer in Law
Nancy Gordon assists Professor Stephanos Bibas in teaching and directing the Law School’s Supreme Court Clinic. She brings her experience from private practice to help students hone their skills in writing, editing, oral communication, research, strategy, and judgment.
Ms. Gordon was in the first freshman class of women at Yale College, from which she graduated magna cum laude with distinction in History. At Penn Law School, she served as a teaching assistant to Dean Louis Pollak, became the first woman editor-in-chief of the Law Review, and graduated cum laude in 1976. After clerking on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Gordon clerked for Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. on the Supreme Court of the United States (OT 1977).
From 1978 until 1994, Ms. Gordon was in private practice, first with Shea & Gardner in Washington, D.C. (now merged with Goodwin Procter) and then with Dechert in Philadelphia. She represented corporate, institutional, individual, and pro bono clients primarily in appellate litigation in the federal courts, including the Supreme Court. She also taught appellate advocacy at the Law School.
Ms. Gordon left private practice in 1994 to raise her two sons and work on community and political issues. In addition to serving on boards of local groups (including the Women’s Law Project, Jewish Social Policy Action Network, Yale Club of Philadelphia, and Beth David Reform Congregation), she was the Pennsylvania State Coordinator for the Million Mom March 2000 and founded CeaseFirePA, the state’s leading gun-violence-prevention organization, with which she remains involved.
Ms. Gordon returned to Penn Law in January 2010 to join the newly-founded Supreme Court Clinic, where she has helped students represent pro bono clients with claims involving employment discrimination and retaliation, habeas corpus, immigration, civil rights, constitutional law, and Indian law.