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Professor Aiken Appointed Associate Dean for Clinical Education

May 11, 2012 —

Georgetown University Law Center Dean William M. Treanor is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Jane Aiken as associate dean for clinical education, public interest and community service programs, effective July 1. She will succeed Deborah Epstein, who is returning to the faculty and as director of the Law Center’s Domestic Violence Clinic.

"We are delighted that Jane has agreed to take on this new role. In addition to being a wonderful clinician, she is a leader among legal educators who will help us continue to grow in this area," said Treanor. "She will bring an impressive background, great insight and creativity to her work as associate dean, and she will help us, at a time of particular importance to legal education, continue to innovate and to lead."

Treanor also offered high praise for Epstein. "Georgetown is a vital place in legal education as a school that takes both practice and theory seriously and that is focused on strengthening the interconnection between the two," he said. "We have long been pioneers in developing innovative programs that reflect this approach, and the establishment and development of model programs such as our practicum courses and our expanded externship offerings are central legacies of Deborah’s tenure."

As associate dean for clinical education, Aiken will oversee Georgetown Law’s 14 clinics, which are consistently ranked as the strongest in the nation, as well as the Law Center’s Office of Public Interest and Community Service.

Aiken joined the Georgetown Law faculty in 2007. She developed and directs the Law Center’s Community Justice Project, a clinical program that was established in 2010. Before coming to Georgetown, Aiken spent 10 years at Washington University School of Law, where she was the William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law and director of the Civil Justice Clinic. She has also taught at University of South Carolina School of Law and Arizona State University College of Law.

Well-known for her work in clinical legal education and evidence, Aiken has written extensively on character evidence, domestic violence and critical pedagogy. She is a member of the Council on Legal Education of the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. She is also a member of the American Law Institute and an American Bar Foundation fellow. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Tribhuvan Law Campus in Kathmandu, Nepal, in 2001, and continues her work there, particularly in the area of women’s rights. In 2000 and 2001, she was a Carnegie Scholar in the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

An honors graduate of Hollins College, Aiken earned a J.D. cum laude from New York University School of Law where she was a Root-Tilden Scholar. She received an LL.M. from Georgetown Law as a fellow in the Center for Applied Legal Studies. 

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