Luke Bierman, an associate dean of experiential education at Northeastern School of Law, will take over as dean of Elon University School of Law beginning June 1.
School officials made the announcement on Jan. 13. Current Dean George Johnson, who has led the school for five years, plans to continue as a full-time faculty member at the law school.
Among the ideas Bierman has proposed in recent years is that law schools consider shortening the time required for graduation from three years to two-and-a-half. At Northeastern, students are required to spend a year in practice settings before graduation.
At the announcement, Bierman said Elon is uniquely suited to redefine legal education and outlined a future vision of Elon as a hub of “learning, lawyering and leadership.”
“This approach, we might call it the Elon hub approach, is a model built on a particular vision of legal education, with a commitment to our traditions of rigor, relevance and efficiency,” he said. “It requires a pioneering spirit of collaboration with all hands on deck and the courage of our convictions.”
Bierman’s prior experience includes serving as general counsel for the Office of the New York State Comptroller from 2007 to 2010; a stint as executive director of the Institute for Emerging Issues at North Carolina State University; founder of the Justice Center and director of the Judicial Division at the American Bar Association, and chief attorney for the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court where he also clerked for the court’s presiding justice and an associate justice.