William M. Treanor Reappointed as Dean of the Law Center

June 19, 2014 — Dean William M. Treanor has been reappointed executive vice president for Law Center Affairs and dean of the Law Center, effective July 1, 2015, for a term of five years.

Dean William M. Treanor Dean William M. Treanor

The reappointment comes from Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia and members of the University’s board of directors. Treanor, Georgetown Law’s 16th dean, has served since 2010.

“I am deeply grateful to Dean Treanor for his leadership since taking on the role of dean,” DeGioia said, noting that this is a time of considerable challenge for higher education in general and for law schools in particular. “I look to Dean Treanor to play an important leadership role in addressing how Georgetown University Law Center can best position itself to succeed in the years ahead.”

Treanor expressed his thanks to President DeGioia, to the Georgetown community, to the Law Center faculty, staff and students, and to alumni and friends for supporting his work over the past four years. “It is a privilege to lead Georgetown Law, and I look forward to the years ahead. At a time of change in legal education, Georgetown Law is a school that is establishing a model of legal education designed to produce excellent lawyers and leaders. We are a school deeply committed to the fundamental importance of scholarship, innovative approaches in teaching, and the principle that, as our motto states, 'Law is but the means. Justice is the end.'"

Before joining Georgetown Law, Treanor served as dean of Fordham Law School from 2002 to 2010. He had been a member of the Fordham Law faculty since 1991.

From 1998 to 2001, Treanor served as deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, responsible for supplying advice to the White House and Attorney General. He was associate independent counsel in the Office of the Iran-Contra Independent Counsel during the Iran/Contra investigation.

During his time at Georgetown, the school has significantly expanded its already strong experiential education curriculum by increasing its practicum courses from three to more than thirty, launching a transactional clinic for social enterprises, and more than quintupling the number of students placed in externships. In recent years, the Law Center has launched an intensive finance and accounting “boot camp” for second- and third-year students; initiated a series of classes for externship students on topics such as strategic thinking, networking, and collaboration; and started a leadership academy for first-year students. Treanor has also significantly increased the career planning assistance that the Law Center provides students and recent graduates. At the same time, the Georgetown Law faculty has maintained its tradition of scholarship and service. In the past six months alone faculty have published major scholarly books on international financial regulation, the costs of affirmative action, the history of the administrative state, global health policy, lawyers and tax shelters, clinical pedagogy, and the adjudication of asylum cases. 

Treanor's tenure has also seen important additions to the faculty in areas such as legislation, international finance, criminal law, business organization, consumer credit regulation, environmental law, civil procedure, poverty law, education law, legal theory,  law and technology, and tax law.

Treanor has been recognized by the National Law Journal as a "Champion," was named one of the Top 500 lawyers in the country by Lawdragon magazine, and received the David Stoner Uncommon Counselor Award from the David Nee Foundation for his efforts to raise mental health awareness among law students. For two consecutive years, he has been named one of most influential people in legal education by the National Jurist, and in 2014, he was listed among the top 10.

Treanor is a constitutional historian, and he has been recognized as one of the ten most cited legal historians. He is currently teaching a seminar on constitutional law and a section of the first year Legal Justice course.

Treanor earned his B.A. and J.D. from Yale University and also holds a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University.

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