David Meyer formally installed as president and dean of Brooklyn Law School

September 18, 2023 Rob Abruzzese
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In an atmosphere of celebration and optimism, Brooklyn Law School welcomed its 10th dean, David D. Meyer, in a formal installation ceremony in the school’s Moot Court Room on Wednesday.

Dean David D. Meyer shares a moment with Kings County DA Eric Gonzalez, highlighting the collaborative spirit between Brooklyn Law School and the broader legal community.

Dean Meyer, who assumed his new role on July 1, 2023, had previously held the position of dean at Tulane Law School from 2010 to 2023, making him one of the longest-serving law school deans in the U.S. The recent ceremony marked the culmination of an exhaustive search for the ideal candidate to lead Brooklyn Law School into a new era.

Francis J. Aquila, chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Frank Aquila ’83, chairman of the Board of Trustees, praised Meyer’s appointment, expressing confidence in his capability to advance the school’s mission.

A leading scholar in constitutional and family law, Meyer has already experienced an illustrious career. Beyond his time at Tulane, he was a member of the faculty at the University of Illinois College of Law, where he also functioned as associate dean for academic affairs. Additionally, Meyer has been a visiting professor of law at both George Washington University Law School in 2002 and Brooklyn Law School in 2008.

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His wide-ranging legal experience includes serving as a legal adviser at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague and practicing law in both Washington, D.C., and Chicago. A University of Michigan alumnus, Meyer earned his B.A. in history with highest honors and his J.D. magna cum laude.

From left: Michael Meyer, Matthew Meyer, Dean David D. Meyer, Amy Gajda, Evelyn Albertson and Sophie Greene.

His distinguished academic credentials are complemented by his service as editor-in-chief of both The Michigan Daily newspaper and the Michigan Law Review.

Dean Meyer’s installation was not only a significant event for him but also for his family. His wife, Amy Gajda, an acclaimed privacy and media law scholar, will be joining Brooklyn Law School’s faculty as the Jeffrey D. Forchelli Professor of Law.

The ceremony was followed by a reception, allowing the Brooklyn Law community to personally welcome and interact with its new dean.

Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, chair of the Kings County Democratic Party and a proud BLS student, honors Dean Meyer with a citation.
From left: Steve Cohn; Marty Minkowitz, past president of the BLS Alumni Board of Directors; Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, and William Araiza.
From left: Hon. Nicholas Garaufis, Dean Anthony Crowell, Dean Cinnamon Carlarne and Dean David D. Meyer.
From left: William Araiza, Elliot Orol, and Janet Sinder.
Mark Rosen (left) and Jonathan Askin.
Joseph Bondy (left) and Evan Azriliant, BLS Alumni Board of Directors.

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