Andrew Scherer is a Visiting Associate Professor and Policy Director of the Impact Center for Public Interest Law at New York Law School, where he directs the Right to Counsel Project and the Housing Rights Clinic and co-directs the Housing Justice Leadership Institute. Professor Scherer plays a prominent role in housing policy, access to justice, and other public interest matters, locally, nationally, and internationally. In 2017, efforts of Professor Scherer and others led to NYC legislation establishing a right to counsel in eviction cases, the first such legislation in the United States. As of April 2022, 15 other localities and 3 states have adopted similar legislation, and efforts to secure a right to counsel in evictions are underway in scores of additional jurisdictions.
Professor Scherer was Executive Director of Legal Services NYC from 2001 to 2010, where he had held a variety of positions since 1978. He is also the author of the treatise Residential Landlord-Tenant Law in New York (Thomson Reuters), published annually since 1996, and numerous other publications. He has taught at CUNY Law School; NYU Law School; the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Yangon University in Myanmar (Burma); and Bennington College, and has lectured widely in the United States and internationally. He received his J.D. from NYU School of Law (1978) and his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania (1972).