Brooklyn Law School announces search committee for new dean

October 5, 2018 By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Professor Maryellen Fullerton has taken over as interim dean of Brooklyn Law School since Nicholas Allard resigned at the end of June. The school recently announced a new search committee to find its next full-time dean. Eagle file photo by Rob Abruzzese
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Brooklyn Law School has been without a full-time dean since Nicholas Allard abruptly announced his resignation while he was in China last May. Professor Maryellen Fullerton has taken over as interim dean since July, and the school finally took a big step to replace her with a permanent dean when it announced its new search committee late last month.

The committee will be headed by Stuart Subotnick, chairman of the board of trustees at Brooklyn Law School. He’s joined by eight others — Francis J. Aquila, Debra Humphreys, Hon. Claire Kelly, Eileen Nugent, Christopher Beauchamp, I. Bennett Capers, Christina Mulligan and David Reiss.

The executive leadership recruiting firm Witt/Kieffer is assisting in the search.

The committee has invited people to nominate individuals for the position, and all applications are due by Oct. 22. Whoever is ultimately selected for the job is expected to take over on July 1, 2019.

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“Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the Dean and President will be a creative, dynamic, and ambitious leader with a track record of distinguished scholarly contributions to the field of law,” the position announcement read. “This person must possess the organizational and leadership skills necessary to attract and retain human and financial resources, as well as a deep commitment to student success and faculty scholarship and development.”

Allard resigned after spending six years as dean at Brooklyn Law School. In an email to the school’s professors, Allard claimed that he might write a book, work as a professor, or move back to Washington D.C., where he previously worked at the government advocacy practice group at Patton Boggs, to get involved with politics.


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