Luke Bierman, dean and professor of law

Luke Bierman, dean and professor of law at Elon University School of Law, is a national leader of innovation in legal education. He is an accomplished law school administrator, legal scholar and teacher with broad executive experience in the practice of law.

Legal education

Woodlief Image . Prior to joining Elon Law, Luke Bierman was associate dean for experiential education and distinguished professor of the practice of law at Northeastern University School of Law. In addition to managing the experiential learning programs at Northeastern University School of Law, Bierman was the founding faculty director of the Legal Innovation Lab and principal researcher of the Outcome Assessment Project at Northeastern Law. He 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. In his various teaching positions, Bierman has taught the following courses: Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Federal Practice, Government Ethics, Law and Legal Process, Law and Regulation, Legal Skills in Social Context, Pathway to Practice, Public Law, Public Policy, State Constitutional Law and U.S. Supreme Court.

New York State Comptroller’s Office

As general counsel in the Office of the New York State Comptroller, Bierman was responsible for all issues regarding the constitutional, statutory and administrative responsibilities of the New York State Comptroller, who is one of four state-wide elected officials and who is the state’s chief fiscal officer and sole trustee of the state’s pension fund. He managed an 85-person legal services staff, including 55 lawyers, plus 25 retained outside law firms for securities litigation and transactional matters. Bierman oversaw a full range of legal issues affecting investment of a $130 billion state pension fund and oversight of a $130 billion state budget. In addition, Bierman was responsible for the Comptroller’s initiatives in ethics and law and policy. During his time with the Comptroller’s office, Bierman served on the board of directors of the Council of Institutional Investors where he co-chaired the board’s policy committee.

North Carolina State University

As executive director of the Institute for Emerging Issues at North Carolina State University, Bierman convened business, government and higher education leaders to create strategic action plans to ensure that North Carolina remained a vibrant and dynamic place to live, work and play. He managed all aspects of the Institute’s mission to translate research into innovative public policy, including a $12 million development campaign. Bierman also held the rank of associate professor of political science and taught courses including Law and Film.

American Bar Association

As founding director of the Justice Center at the American Bar Association, Bierman managed initiatives for judicial system reform and organizational outreach, raised $2.5 million in grants and private contributions for programmatic activities and supervised up to 20 staff. At the ABA, Bierman also served as assistant to the president and director of the judicial division.

New York courts and legal practice

Bierman served as chief attorney at the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, in Albany from 1990 to 1994. Following law school he served as law clerk to the Court’s Presiding Justice A. Franklin Mahoney, as well as Associate Justice Robert G. Main. 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.

Scholarship and service

Bierman’s legal scholarship, focusing on judicial selection, justice system reform and state constitutional law, has been published in a variety of national law reviews. His legal analysis and commentary on legal education has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Albany Times-Union, National Public Radio, Raleigh News & Observer, WRAL-TV, UNC-TV, Huffington Post, National Law Journal, New York Law Journal and other national and regional news media. He has also served as an editor of professional law journals and authored articles about the judicial system for government-focused publications and regional news outlets.

Bierman is 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. 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 Task Force on Town and Village Courts, Association of the Bar of the City of New York; 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. He has several years of experience providing lectures in programs for foreign judges, lawyers and court personnel.

Bierman has presented before committees of the North Carolina General Assembly and at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting, the American Constitution Society, the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Institutional Investor Educational Foundation’s Global Shareholder Activism Conference, the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, the National Association of Pension Plan Attorneys, the National Summit on the Future of Fiduciary Responsibility and the Stanford Law School Fiduciary College.

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. He is a member of the American Bar Association where he is currently appointed to the President’s Legal Access JobCorps Task Force and previously was a member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Attorneys in Public Service. Bierman is an elected member of the American Law Institute.