On July 1, 2012, Nicholas W. Allard became Dean of Brooklyn Law School. The eighth dean in the Law School’s 112-year history, Dean Allard is globally recognized for his expertise in legislative, regulatory, and administrative matters in the fields of telecommunications, information technology, health, energy, environmental law, and higher education. He brings a depth of experience to his new role from both the public and private sectors.
Most recently, he served as chair of the Public Policy Department and co-chair of the Government Advocacy Practice Group at Patton Boggs in Washington, D.C. His clients were domestic and international organizations including start-ups, Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, and universities. Allard also has long-standing ties to academia. He has served on numerous academic boards, taught at several law schools, and published scholarly articles on a broad range of issues, including Internet law, new media, and privacy.
Dean Allard is the recipient of many honors and awards for his outstanding work. He received a top ranking in “Government Relations” by Chambers USA in 2012, a 2010 Visionary Award from the National Journal-Legal Times, recognition as one of D.C.’s “Top Lobbyists” by The Hill from 2008 through 2011, and a Hermes Award for Contribution to the Study of Communications from the Syracuse University College of Law.
Dean Allard began his career as a law clerk for Chief U.S. District Judge Robert F. Peckham in San Francisco and for U.S. Circuit Judge Patricia M. Wald in Washington, D.C. He also worked on Capitol Hill for the late Senators Edward Kennedy and Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Prior to joining Patton Boggs, he was a partner at Latham & Watkins, where he chaired the firm’s Government Relations Group. He attended Princeton University, Oxford University, and Yale Law School.
“This is a very exciting time to take the reins of a highly distinguished institution with a history of producing outstanding graduates who have made valuable contributions to the law and society. Our graduates have become leaders in legal practice, in the business world, and on the bench. Many others have achieved success in creative and nontraditional ways – for example as entrepreneurs. I am proud to be a part of such an outstanding community, and to call Brooklyn Law School home,” said Dean Allard.
“Legal education is at an important crossroads, and we must do everything possible to make our graduates practice-ready and ensure that they are equipped with the analytical thinking and real lawyering skills that will foster success in the workforce – wherever their professional passion takes them, said Dean Allard. “My goal is for Brooklyn Law School to be at the forefront of innovation in legal education and be the law school of the 21st Century. With the talent and intellect of our outstanding faculty I am confident we will achieve this goal,” he added.
In laying out his plan for the coming months, Dean Allard emphasized his intention of working closely with all of the Law School’s key stakeholders. He said his primary focus would be on developing job opportunities for students through multiple avenues, meeting with BLS alumni and engaging them in conversations about moving the Law School forward; strengthening fundraising efforts to enable the Law School to create new centers and programs such as the Center for Business Entrepreneurship and a Center for The Rule of Law in Emerging Democracies, and building stronger ties to Brooklyn and within the community.