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Loyola University Chicago Appoints
New Dean of School of Law

Author, Scholar, and Longtime Loyola Professor
Michael J. Kaufman, JD, Appointed Dean

CHICAGO, March 13, 2017—Loyola University Chicago has announced the appointment of Michael J. Kaufman, JD, as dean of the School of Law following an extensive national search. Kaufman has been a member of the Loyola law faculty since 1986 and served as the School of Law’s associate dean for academic affairs from 2005 until July 2016 when he assumed the role of interim dean. His appointment as dean is effective today.

Kaufman has devoted his entire professional life to the service of others and is renowned for his efforts to create greater educational diversity and equity at all levels of learning. In his leadership roles, he has consistently served as an advocate for Loyola’s Jesuit, Catholic mission, particularly in its professional schools. While serving as associate dean, he was the architect of the law school’s highly successful new Weekend JD Program and created two Loyola School of Law institutes—the Education Law and Policy Institute and the Institute for Investor Protection—both of which he still directs.

“Both Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney and I could not be more pleased that the search for an extraordinary dean to lead our nationally recognized School of Law has resulted in the appointment of Michael Kaufman,” said Provost and Chief Academic Officer John P. Pelissero, PhD. “We are confident that his unwavering commitment to excellence, innovation, social justice, and the abiding values of the School of Law and Loyola University Chicago will allow the law school to flourish in new and exciting ways.”

Kaufman has published dozens of books and numerous law review articles in the areas of education law and policy, securities regulation and litigation, civil procedure, and jurisprudence. His casebook, Education Law, Policy, and Practice: Cases and Materials, is one of the leading texts in both law and graduate school classes devoted to education law and policy. Kaufman is an expert consultant to federal and state regulators and a public arbitrator for securities disputes, and he has written several influential publications in the area of securities regulation and litigation, including two new treatises and a casebook. His multi-volume treatise, Securities Litigation: Damages, was first published in 1989 and is now in its 27th edition. He has also published the most widely used treatise in Illinois civil litigation, Illinois Civil Trial Procedure, now in its 16th edition.

In the law community, Kaufman delivers bar examination review lectures for thousands of law students across the country each year. He has also been elected to three terms on the board of education of a large, diverse school district in the Chicago area, serving as the board’s president and vice president.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve as a member of the School of Law faculty for the past 30 years,” said Kaufman. “I could not be more grateful for this opportunity to continue serving our students and members of this outstanding law school family. Working together, we can build upon our strengths—including our vital Jesuit mission and legacy of extraordinary leadership—to improve legal education and the legal profession, while also shaping the future of justice.”

Kaufman received a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English Literature from Kenyon College. He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

About Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Loyola’s School of Law has been educating students across the country and around the world for more than 100 years. The school offers full- and part-time Juris Doctor programs, with specialized certificates available in advocacy, child and family law, health law, international law and practice, public interest law, and tax law. For attorneys pursuing advanced legal education, the school offers Master of Laws programs in advocacy, child and family law, rule of law for development, tax law, and international law for foreign lawyers, as well as online programs in business, global competition law, and health law. In addition, the school offers online Master of Jurisprudence programs for non-attorney professionals in business, child and family law, health law, and global competition law. The school also offers two on-campus doctoral degrees focusing on health law and policy (SJD and DLaw). To learn more about the school, visit LUC.edu/law or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaLaw. 

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,500 students. More than 11,000 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 11 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top 100 national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.

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