Luke Bierman named dean of Elon Law

Elon University has named Luke Bierman, a highly accomplished attorney, legal scholar and teacher, and national leader in experiential legal education, to be the next dean of Elon University School of Law.

Bierman will join Elon Law as dean and professor of law on June 1, succeeding George Johnson, who is stepping down as dean after five years of service and will continue to serve as a full-time Elon Law faculty member.

Luke BiermanBierman is currently 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.

“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. “Professor 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 joins Elon Law as it pursues goals of finalizing and implementing a new strategic plan, growing its business law, trial and appellate advocacy and public interest law programs, pursuing new academic partnerships with area universities to allow students to earn both undergraduate and law degrees in six years, creating flexible programs to allow non-traditional students to earn law degrees and certifications, and envisioning programs that will take advantage of new property acquisitions for the school’s downtown Greensboro, N.C., campus. 

Luke Bierman“Elon Law has been an innovative leader since its founding in 2006,” 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. 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 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.

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.

“We have enjoyed visionary and energetic leadership by our two previous Elon Law deans, and we look forward to welcoming Dean Bierman this spring and to honoring George Johnson for the leadership he has provided during a critical period of development for Elon’s law school,” House said.

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