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Georgetown University names William Treanor law school dean

Georgetown University
June 30, 2010
Georgetown has named William Treanor as its new executive vice president and dean of the Law Center, effective Aug. 16.

Treanor joins the Law Center from Fordham University, where he has served as dean of Fordham Law School since 2002.

“Dean Treanor has had a rich and varied legal career working in both higher education and government,” said President John J. DeGioia. “His dynamic leadership, global perspective, commitment to service and experience in legal education make him uniquely qualified to take on this role at Georgetown.”

Treanor has served on Fordham Law’s faculty since 1991, first as associate professor and then professor before being named dean. As dean, Treanor worked to enhance the academic reputation of Fordham Law by strengthening the school’s clinical program and its global focus.

“Georgetown Law is an extraordinary law school that combines a profound commitment to scholarship and teaching with a dedication to service and the pursuit of justice,” said Treanor. “More than any other law school, Georgetown has also been a leader in the process of reshaping legal education so that students will have the best possible preparation for the challenges of the legal profession. It will be a privilege and honor to be part of the Georgetown community and to help shape the future of the law school.”

From 1998 to 2001, Treanor served as deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, where he was responsible for supplying advice to the White House and U.S. attorney general.

Before joining Fordham’s faculty, he was a government attorney and an associate independent counsel during the Iran/Contra investigation.

The renowned legal scholar earned his B.A. and J.D. from Yale University and a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. He also has published widely with a focus in constitutional law.

“It’s wonderful that Bill will be leading our law school,” said T. Alexander Aleinikoff, who was Law Center dean from 2004 through January 2010 and currently serves as the United Nations deputy high commissioner for refugees. “His commitment to public service, human rights and international law are well established, and he will continue to move Georgetown forward in important ways.”

Treanor succeeds Dean Emerita Judith Areen, who has been serving as interim executive vice president and dean of the Law Center since February.
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