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Welcome to the 2023-24 academic year! A new academic year brings with it a tremendous amount of energy and optimism, and I hope you all feel that as we come together this fall. After a summer of planning and preparation led by our Admissions team, Orientation started on August 10—I thank everyone involved in that effort, as I enjoyed welcoming over 220 new 1Ls. And it has been terrific to see returning 2Ls, 3Ls, and 4Ls this week, hearing about summer internships, courses for the fall semester, and more.
During my first year as dean of CUNY Law, I spent a lot of time listening to the interests and priorities of community members, observing and learning about the way the law school has been operating, and connecting with many folks to better understand how I can serve the law school during my tenure as dean. Thank you to each and every person who joined me in that endeavor. I look forward to the coming year, as we continue to move forward with our mission of law in service of human needs.
The core of what we do is excellent teaching and learning in our classrooms, clinics, simulations, and elsewhere. We celebrate our faculty’s teaching, legal scholarship, and advocacy; our students, whose passion, intellect, and experience shape discourse in our classrooms and beyond; and our staff, who dedicate expertise and often extra time to help advance our mission.
In this community letter, I’m sharing some of the other great work from the 2022-23 academic year. As busy people, we often find ourselves focused on day-to-day obligations, which can make us lose sight of all that we’ve accomplished. Early this summer, I asked leaders of different areas in the law school to share things that they and their colleagues did that were not necessarily part of their everyday work, but that stood out in the last year. I received over 15 pages of reflections on that hard work and dedication. Below, I’m sharing just a small slice of that work.
And that just scratches the surface of all that we did in the last year!
As many of you know, this month marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of CUNY Law School in 1983, and we plan on spending the rest of 2023 and all of 2024 celebrating. Together, we will reflect on all that we have accomplished over the past four decades; our commitment to diversifying legal education and the legal profession; our commitment to educating and training thoughtful, ethical, passionate, and compassionate social justice lawyers; and our future as a community of learners, activists, thinkers, and advocates. I look forward to our collaborating on these and other efforts to build, sustain, and lift the law school and each member of our community. Thank you for all that you bring to this endeavor.
Dean and Professor of Law