Luke Bierman, dean and professor of law

(336) 279-9201 / Lbierman@elon.edu

Elon Law Dean Luke BiermanOn June 1, 2014, Luke Bierman, a highly accomplished attorney, legal scholar and teacher, and national leader in experiential legal education, became dean and professor of law at Elon University School of Law. Since then, he has led the law school in adopting a unique and innovative curriculum that integrates traditional classroom instruction with highly experiential components. This logically sequenced course of preparation, including a course connected full time residency in practice and other focused support, provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and professionalism to excel as 21st century attorneys in a curriculum that is 2½ years and with 20 percent lower tuition than the average tuition of private law schools.  

Before joining Elon Law, Bierman was associate dean for experiential education and distinguished professor of the practice of law at Northeastern University School of Law. Bierman 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, Third Department, of the New York Supreme Court in Albany where he also clerked for the court’s presiding justice and an associate justice.

Bierman’s legal scholarship, focusing on judicial selection, justice system reform, state constitutional law and ethics, has been published in a variety of national law reviews. His legal analysis and commentary on legal education as well as ethics have been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Albany Times-Union, National Public Radio, Greensboro News and Record, Raleigh News & Observer, WRAL-TV, UNC-TV, Huffington Post, National Law Journal, New York Law Journal and other national and regional news media. Bierman has taught at Albany Law School, where he was a Fellow in Government Law and Policy at the Government Law Center, and at North Carolina State University, Northwestern University School of Law, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Trinity College and the University at Albany.

Bierman served as an advisory board member for Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers, an initiative of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver and now is a member of the national advisory board for The Richard Stockton University William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy. He has been a member of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Working Group on Professionalism; the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Task Force on Code of Judicial Conduct; the New York State Bar Association Committee on Attorneys in Public Service; the NYC Bar Association Task Force on Town and Village Courts; and as a board of directors member for the Justice at Stake Campaign, Inc.; the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform; and the American Judicature Society.

Bierman is admitted to practice law in New York State, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York and the Supreme Court of the United States. His early legal practice experience includes service as a research attorney for the Judiciary Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly and as an associate in the law firm of Fitzpatrick, Trombley, Owens & Lahtinen, P.C., in Plattsburgh, N.Y. In addition, Bierman has provided professional consulting to several law firms, economic development and strategic planning agencies, regulatory bodies and foundations. He is a member of the American Bar Association where he served on the ABA President’s Legal Access JobCorps Task Force and the Task Force on the Financing of Legal Education. He currently serves on the North Carolina Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism.  Bierman is an elected member of the American Law Institute.



BA, high honors in social sciences, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, Colgate University

JD, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary, member, William and Mary Law Review

MA and PhD in political science, State University of New York at Albany

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Member, Board of Editors and Associate Editor, Justice System Journal, 1992-1994, 2004-2007

Senior Consulting Editor, State Constitutional Commentary - Albany Law Review, 1995-present

“How The Law School Where I'm Associate Dean Justifies Its Existence,” Business Insider, June 10, 2013

“Goldilocks and Legal Education,” Huffington Post, April 1, 2013

“Finally: A Time For Lawyers To Ask Questions When They Don't Know the Answers,” Huffington Post, January 24, 2013

“Deconstructing the Law School Deconstructionists,” Huffington Post, December 5, 2012

“The Time for Legal Educators to Be Bold,” New York Law Journal, October 19, 2012

“Experiential Legal Education,” National Law Journal, June 4, 2012

“Pathway to Practice,” 18 The Law Teacher 1 (2011) @ http://lawteaching.org/lawteacher/2011fall/lawteacher2011fall.pdf

“Looking Ahead Retrospectively: What We Can Learn About Justice System Reform from the Pound
Centennial,” Hamline Law Review Symposium, http://www.hamline.edu/law/journals/law_review/bierman.html

“The Administration of Justice a Century After Roscoe Pound: Future Directions and Emerging Trends,” 48 South Texas Law Review 1051 (2007)

“Help Wanted: Is there a better way to select judges?” 34 Fordham Urban Law Review 511 (2007)

“Justice System Needs Shake Up,” Omaha World Herald, August 31, 2006

“The Judiciary is Different,” League of Women Voters of the US monthly newsletter, April, 2006, reprinted in State and Local Government 2006-2007, Congressional Quarterly Press (2007)

“Tar Heels, we are a-changing,” The Herald Sun, Durham, NC, April 29, 2006, with Bryce Ball

“Three Views of Intermediate Appellate Courts – Introduction,” 26 Justice System Journal 91 (2005)

Contributor of entries: “Charles Evans Hughes,” “John Jay,” “Supreme Court Justices – number,” and “writ of certiorari” in “The Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court” (Facts on File, 2005)

“The Judiciary as a ‘Republican’ Institution,” 39 Willamette Law Review 1385 (2003)

Review of “The Oxford Companion to American Law,” 12 Law and Politics Book Review 10 (2002)

“Beyond Merit Selection,” 29 Fordham Urban Law Journal 101 (2002)

“Common Law, Common Values, Common Rights: Essays on Our Common Heritage by Distinguished British and American Authors,” Staff Editor, West Group and American Bar Association (2000)

“Preserving Power in Picking Judges: Merit Selection for the New York Court of Appeals,” 60 Albany Law Review 339 (1996)

“Epilogue: The New York Court of Appeals - Independent and Accountable,” 59 Albany Law Review (1996)

“Horizontal Pressures and Vertical Tensions: State Constitutional Discordancy at the New York Court of Appeals,” 12 Touro Law Review 633 (1996)

“The Dynamics of State Constitutional Decision Making,” 68 Temple Law Review 1403 (1995)

“Paths to the Bench: Judicial Selection on the New York Court of Appeals,” 4 State Constitutional Commentaries & Notes 1 (1994)

“Are 5 Heads Better Than 3? A Case For 3 Judge Panels for the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division,” 56 Albany Law Review 147 (1992)

“When Less is More: Changes to the NY Court of Appeals' Civil Jurisdiction,” 12 Pace Law Review 61 (1992)