Luke Bierman takes the helm as dean of Elon Law
Luke Bierman, a national leader in experiential legal education and a highly accomplished attorney, scholar and teacher, became dean of Elon Law on June 1.
Prior to joining Elon, Bierman was associate dean for experiential education and distinguished professor of the practice of law at Northeastern University School of Law. Bierman previously served as general counsel for the Office of the New York State Comptroller from 2007 to 2010, was executive director of the Institute for Emerging Issues at North Carolina State University where he held the rank of associate professor of political science, founded the Justice Center and directed the Judicial Division at the American Bar Association, and served as chief attorney for the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court in Albany where he also clerked for the court’s presiding justice and an associate justice.
“With an entrepreneurial spirit, along with strong partnerships with the legal, business and public service communities, Elon Law is uniquely suited to redefine legal education in a time of unprecedented change, meeting the urgent need by all of those in our society for ethical lawyer-leaders,” Bierman said. “I am delighted to join the talented faculty and staff who have built an exceptional law school that is receiving recognition across the country for its highly personalized, experiential approach to legal education.”
Bierman earned his master’s degree and doctorate in political science from the State University of New York at Albany, a juris doctor degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law of the College of William and Mary, where he was a member of the William and Mary Law Review, and a bachelor’s degree with high honors in social sciences, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Colgate University.
“We are very pleased to welcome Luke Bierman back to North Carolina to lead Elon University School of Law and to shape the future of Elon’s nationally recognized program of engaged legal education,” said Leo M. Lambert, Elon University president. “Dean Bierman’s record of innovation in legal education, his depth of executive experience in the practice of law and his accomplishments in forming and managing strategic partnerships that link higher education with the public, private and nonprofit sectors make him the ideal person to lead Elon Law.”
Bierman succeeds George Johnson, who served for five years as dean at Elon Law and continues to serve as a full-time faculty member. Steven House, Elon University provost and vice president for academic affairs, said Bierman will continue the strong tradition of leadership at Elon Law and build on the foundation established by deans George Johnson and Leary Davis.