Dean Nick Allard Op-ed ‘An unexpected Trump effect: Lawyer as hero’ Appears in The Hill
In an op-ed appearing in the Feb. 24 edition of The Hill, Dean Nick Allard shares his thoughts on how the role of lawyers in society is as critically important as ever given the actions of the Trump administration. Lawyers practicing across varying fields from immigration to religious freedom to international trade are suddenly in the spotlight, and now playing a major role in shaping the nation’s current governmental system.
“Law schools can seize this moment and, like the generation inspired by Woodward and Bernstein to pursue careers in journalism, lead the renaissance in legal education that would revive a profession in need of an injection of youth, idealism, and high-tech savvy,” Allard writes. “With in-depth legal knowledge and an encyclopedic sense of history, these men and women — judges, law practitioners, scholars, and law students — have raised our collective consciousness (with the help of musical theater’s Alexander Hamilton) about the important role lawyers and the law have played in the founding of our nation and the ongoing stability of our system conferred by the adherence to the rule of law.”
Allard is the President and Joseph Crea Dean, and Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. He also serves as Senior Counsel in the Public Policy and Regulation practice at Dentons, a global law firm with presence in more than 50 countries. Before joining the Law School in 2012, Allard served as chair of the Public Policy Department and co-chair of the Government Advocacy Practice Group at Patton Boggs in Washington, D.C. He was recognized as one of D.C.’s “Top Lobbyists” by The Hill from 2008 to 2011.