Jay Conison (’81) Named Dean of Charlotte School of Law
FEBRUARY 21, 2013—After what the Charlotte School of Law calls "an intense search process" for a leader to advance its goals of high student outcomes, practice readiness, and service to the underserved, it selected Jay Conison (’81) as its new dean, effective April 15, 2013.
Conison will move to the North Carolina school from his current position at Valparaiso University School of Law, where he has been dean since 1998. During his tenure he has overseen construction of a new Lawyering Skills Center, upgrading of the main law building to improve services, increases in diversity and faculty numbers.
Previously, at Oklahoma City University School of Law (1991-98), Conison worked his way through the ranks from assistant professor to interim dean while pursuing his teaching and research interests of law and philosophy, legal education, and legal method/legal process. He began his law career in Chicago, practicing business litigation with Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal (1981-90).
After completing his B.A. in mathematics and philosophy at Yale College (1975), he earned an M.A. in philosophy at the University of Minnesota (1978) and entered the Law School. He worked on the Minnesota Law Review and graduated magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, in 1981.
Currently the Reporter for the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education, Conison has held numerous leadership positions in bar and other organizations. At the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, he has co-chaired the Accreditation Committee and the Committee on Clinical and Skills Education. He chaired the Association of American Law Schools' Section on Employee Benefits Committee and served on its Libraries and Technology Committee. He is a past director and secretary of the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum and a current blogger on legal education topics for the Huffington Post.