Dave Fields, University Dean, serves as Special Counsel to the Chancellor of the City University of New York and is a non-teaching member of the faculty. His involvement with the Law School predates its creation as he served as Staff Director of the President's Advisory Commission for the establishment of the University School of Law at Queens College. He later served as the Law School's Associate Dean for Administration and Finance. Prior to his service as Special Counsel to four successive Chancellors of CUNY, he was Special Assistant to three successive Queens College Presidents and Executive Director and General Counsel of the Queens College Student Union. He has served in numerous public service and public interest roles, including founding Director of the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG); Higher Education Specialist to the Governor's Temporary Commission on the Future of Post Secondary Education in New York State (on special assignment to the Executive Chamber); Staff Coordinator for the Governance Committee of the Governor's Task Force on Higher Education; and Staff Coordinator for the New York City Council President's Task Force on Adult Education. He earned his undergraduate and master's degrees at Queens College and received his law degree from St. John's University Law School. He received the Dean's Medal in 2002 for his contributions to the Law School.