Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor Inducted Into American Academy of Arts and Sciences

September 20, 2022

Photo from 2022 New Member Induction Ceremony courtesy of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor was formally inducted this month into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. This honorary society, founded in 1780, convenes experts from a broad range of disciplines to “cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity and happiness of a free, independent and virtuous people.”

Treanor’s election to the Academy was announced in April 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced the Academy to postpone the induction ceremony. On September 10, new members elected in 2020 and 2021 gathered in Cambridge, Mass. to sign the Academy’s Book of Members and to participate in several events, including the 2022 David M. Rubenstein Lecture, a conversation between fellow Academy members Rubenstein, a business leader and philanthropist, and musician Yo-Yo Ma.

Dean William M. Treanor signing the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' Book of Members

Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor signs the Book of Members at the 2022 American Academy of Arts and Sciences Induction Ceremony.

In addition to his leadership in legal education, Treanor, the Law Center’s Paul Regis Dean Leadership Chair, is a Constitutional historian. His entry in the Academy’s directory states, “Treanor’s work on the original understanding of the Constitution has challenged conventional wisdom on a range of central issues in ways that have altered scholarly debate.”

A selfie taken by Dean Treanor with members of his family and Judge Margaret McKeown

Dean Treanor, left, took a celebratory selfie with fellow inductee Judge M. Margaret McKeown (L’75 H’05), center, and with his daughter Katherine, back, and wife Allison, right.

“It is a tremendous honor to be part of this organization that has included so many of our country’s great thinkers over the past two centuries,” said Treanor. “The Academy has had real impact on improving society, and I am glad to be able to participate in its important work.”

Treanor is already engaged in the Academy’s Access to Justice initiative, as part of the advisory committee for the implementation of recommendations in the Academy’s 2020 report, “Civil Justice for All.”