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David D. Meyer Arrives as New President and Dean: A Warm Welcome to the 10th Dean Since Our Founding in 1901

06/30/2023

Brooklyn Law School is formally welcoming new President and Joseph Crea Dean David D. Meyer, who officially takes on the deanship, effective July 1. 

Meyer’s appointment followed a year-long search to replace Michael T. Cahill, who steps down from the dean role as of June 30 but is staying on at Brooklyn Law School as a professor teaching criminal law.  

Upon news of his appointment on March 24, Meyer expressed that he was “deeply honored” to take the position at Brooklyn Law, where he was previously a visiting professor in 2008.  

“For well more than a century, Brooklyn Law School has built a reputation combining scholarly excellence and ambition with a compelling mission of access and public service,” Meyer said. “As Brooklyn Law School approaches its 125th anniversary in 2026, that distinctive mission has never been more important. I look forward to joining with faculty, staff, students, and alumni in ushering in a new era of ambition and innovation, leveraging its location in the heart of the world’s most creative, vital, and entrepreneurial city to prepare new generations of lawyers for leadership in a rapidly changing world.” 

Since his appointment, Meyer has been preparing to take on the leadership role and quickly stepped up this week to reaffirm Brooklyn Law School’s mission by sharing a statement with the Law School community in reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 29 rejection of affirmative action in higher-education admissions. 

“We disagree profoundly with any suggestion that being a racial minority in American society is no longer itself a marker for a life experience of unique value in a law school classroom,” he wrote. “While we will, of course, ensure that our practices conform to the Court’s judgment, we will not yield in our commitment to ensuring a classroom that includes a rich diversity of experiences and perspectives, including the distinctive experiences of students who have overcome hardships, discrimination, and exclusion of all kinds.” 

See the dean’s full bio here.