Luke Bierman will assume the position of Dean of the Elon University School of Law on June 1. He will be leaving Northeastern University, where he was the associate dean for experiential education and distinguished professor of the practice of law. Bierman will succeed George Johnson, who served as dean for five years and will continue to serve as a full-time Elon Law faculty member.
"Luke Bierman is the right person at the right time to lead Elon Law," says Leo Lambert, Elon University president. "He is a national leader in experiential legal education, a highly accomplished executive attorney, passionate scholar and teacher devoted to students' success."
Bierman attended Colgate University for his undergraduate education and the College of William and Mary for his JD. He also received his master's and Ph.D. from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany. He served for four years as general counsel for the office of the New York State Comptroller. He also served as the executive director of the Institute for Emerging Issues at North Carolina State University, where he held the rank of associate professor of political science.
"We must be rigorous in how we educate students, with both our teaching and our scholarship," said Luke Bierman, incumbent dean of the Elon University School of Law. "It is after all a law school that we are operating, not a lawyer school."
Bierman plans on improving the law school's business, trial, appellate advocacy and public interest law programs. He hopes to attract non-traditional students to earn both undergraduate and law degrees with area universities in six years. The new program will make use of the additional purchased building around the law school's downtown Greensboro, N.C., campus.