Akua Akyea is the Assistant Dean for Public Service at Cornell Law School. She serves as the primary contact for students and alumni interested in public services work. She counsels students and alumni on both domestic and international public interest opportunities and on ways to incorporate pro-bono in a corporate practice. Before coming to Cornell Law School, she was Assistant Dean of Career Services at the University of Iowa College of Law. Prior to that, she was at Yale Law School for five years as Director of Public Interest after nine years at Columbia Law School’s Social Justice Initiatives where she directed several public interest summer programs.
Akua is a graduate of the University of Iowa Law School where she was on the Journal of Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems and a member of the Legal Clinic working on asylum petitions and §1983 cases.
She has presented on international public interest careers, working with public interest alumni, and supporting students’ social justice goals at National Association for Law Placement (NALP) and Equal Justice Works conferences. Akua has also worked on issues of cross-cultural communication and diversity, is a trained mediator, and served as a counselor for at-risk high school students through the Upward Bound Project. Akua has traveled and lived in several countries in Europe, East and West Africa, and North America.
B.A., University of Iowa, 1993
J.D., University of Iowa College of Law, 1997