Nancy A. Wright

Associate Professor Emerita

Professor Nancy Wright is well known for her interest and involvement in social justice organizations in the local community, and she often does pro bono work in consumer protection and prisoner’s and children’s rights. After joining Santa Clara University School of Law’s faculty in 1984, she served as placement director for five years, and in 1990, she became director of the first-year Legal Analysis, Research and Writing Program. She has co-directed Santa Clara Law’s summer programs in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Oxford, Geneva/Strasbourg, and Sydney. In addition, she has served as co-project director of the Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center.

Prior to joining Santa Clara University School of Law, Wright spent three years as a teaching fellow and lecturer-in-law at Stanford Law School, teaching Public Interest Representation and Moot Court, and coordinating Stanford’s externship program. Before earning her J.D., she spent six years working as a juvenile probation officer dealing primarily with dependent and delinquent youngsters in foster-home placements.


J.D., cum laude, Santa Clara University School of Law, 1980

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1964

Areas of Specialization

Torts, Appellate and Moot Court, Moot Court Board, Seminar in Legal Analysis Research, and Writing

Affiliations and Honors

  • Executive Committee, Women Lawyers Section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Board Chair, Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY)
  • Board Member, James A. Doolittle Foundation
  • Board of Directors, Women AHEAD