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Dean Treanor Named to New York City Bar Task Force

July 16, 2012 — Georgetown University Law Center Dean William M. Treanor has been named to a new task force of the New York City Bar Association, “New Lawyers in a Changing Profession.” The task force, which will convene in September, will address what City Bar Association President Carey Dunne has described as “the plight of young lawyers” in facing diminished employment and career opportunities.

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“This is a great honor, and I’m pleased to help further this important mission,” Treanor said, following the association’s announcement on July 16. “It is a strong and diverse group, with many of the leaders of the New York Bar — from big firms, small firms, corporations, district attorneys’ offices, law schools, public interest groups and more. It will be a good opportunity both to learn and to share ideas.”

The 30-member group, chaired by Bar Association Vice President and Viacom Deputy General Counsel Mark Morril, also includes Georgetown Law alumni Jane C. Sherburne (L’83), general counsel of the Bank of New York Mellon Corp., and Cyrus R. Vance Jr. (L’82), district attorney of New York County. Other law school deans and leaders on the task force include Michelle J. Anderson (LL.M.’97), dean of CUNY School of Law; Matthew Diller, dean of Cardozo Law School; David Schizer, dean of Columbia Law School; and David B. Wilkins, director of the program on the legal profession at Harvard Law School. The announcement with the full list of names may be seen by clicking here.

Treanor, who has served as dean and executive vice president of Georgetown Law since 2010, was dean at Fordham Law School in New York City from 2002 to 2010. His career has also included roles as a professor at Fordham, a visiting professor at the Sorbonne, a deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel (Iran/Contra) in both Washington, D.C., and New York, and a special assistant U.S. attorney in the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.

A graduate of Harvard University (A.M., Ph.D.), Yale College (B.A.) and Yale Law School (J.D.), Treanor was also a law clerk to the Honorable James L. Oakes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, a Samuel Golieb Fellow at New York University School of Law and a special assistant to the chair of the New York State Commission on Government.

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