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New Dean Search.

Dean and President

Brooklyn Law School seeks a new Dean and President, with a target appointment date of July 1, 2023. Founded in 1901 as a freestanding law school, Brooklyn Law School is an incubator for the bar, bench, and civic and commercial leadership across New York City, the metropolitan area, and the nation. The new Dean and President will lead a nimble institution with a faculty noted for its collegiality, scholarly impact, and the quality of its doctrinal and experiential teaching. Brooklyn Law School’s 100 staff members play an integral role in realizing its mission. Brooklyn Law School is the destination of choice for a richly diverse student population, enrolling 1,079 full-time and 105 part-time students. The incoming first-year class is the most racially diverse in Brooklyn Law School’s history. Many of Brooklyn Law School’s 23,000 alumni play important roles in New York City; others reside and work in 49 states and 50 foreign countries.

Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the new Dean and President will provide fresh vision in initiating comprehensive strategic planning; grow the faculty by attracting scholars and teachers of distinction and promise; oversee the roll-out of non-J.D. programs now up for regulatory approval; leverage a newly expanded and restructured advancement staff to increase annual fundraising and plan and execute a capital campaign; recruit and appoint a new chief operating officer to upgrade administrative infrastructure; and guide and amplify ongoing efforts to improve bar passage, enhance the student experience and related outcomes, and promote staff well-being and alumni engagement.

Qualifications. Brooklyn Law School seeks as its new Dean and President a prominent leader in the legal academy. Candidates must possess a J.D., at least seven years of experience in the teaching of law, and the readiness to succeed not only as a law school dean but as president of an independent institution with a prime location in the nation’s top market for legal services.

Candidates must meet Brooklyn Law School’s criteria for tenure at the full professor rank and embrace its commitment to scholarly excellence, a practice orientation, and an access mission. Fluency in budgeting and finance and transferable administrative experience are essential. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to grow Brooklyn Law School’s institutional excellence, facilitate program innovation, and build Brooklyn Law School’s capacity to serve a diverse student population while pursuing further faculty and staff diversification. Candidates should have fundraising aptitude and ideas for cultivating high student and alumni institutional affinity.

Search committee review of candidate materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment, with an initial ranking of the pool to be determined on October 24. A complete application will include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for five professional references who can speak about the candidate’s qualifications for this appointment. Named references will not be contacted without the candidate’s prior consent. Brooklyn Law School encourages applications from candidates whose leadership and personal experience will enrich the diversity of faculty and staff.

Expressions of interest, applications, nominations, and inquiries should be directed to Brooklyn Law School’s search consultant, Mr. Chuck O’Boyle of C. V. O’Boyle, LLC, at

It is the policy of Brooklyn Law School not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state, or local law. It is also the policy of Brooklyn Law School to take affirmative action to employ, and to advance in employment, all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status, and to base all employment decisions on legitimate job requirements.

Search Committee

Eileen T. Nugent ’78, of counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and a member of the Law School’s Board of Trustees, will chair the Search Committee.

Board of Trustees Chair Frank Aquila ’83 will participate in the search process as an ex-officio member of the committee.

Joining Nugent and Aquila, will be the following fellow alumni and members of the Board of Trustees, as well as distinguished faculty members:

William D. Araiza, Stanley A. August Professor of Law
Christopher Beauchamp, Professor of Law
Alexis J. Hoag-Fordjour, Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Criminal Justice
Melique Jones ’98, chief people officer at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Board of Trustee member
Sasha L. Linney ’11, associate general counsel at Golden Tree Asset Management and Board of Trustee member
John Oswald ’84, president and CEO of Capital Trust Group and Board of Trustee member
David Reiss, Professor of Law and Research Director, Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE)
Hon. Ramon E. Reyes Jr. ’92, U.S. magistrate judge, U.S. district judge nominee of the Eastern District of New York, and Board of Trustee member
Alice Ristroph, Professor of Law
Steven G. Scheinfeld ’85, global chair of the corporate department at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and Board of Trustee member
Danielle Tully, Associate Professor of Legal Writing

The Search Committee welcomes nominations and other recommendations for its consideration and those should be directed to Chuck O'Boyle at

Once the Search Committee has selected the finalists, it will offer members of the Brooklyn Law School community an opportunity to meet the candidates and provide input.