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David Meyer is named new dean at Tulane Law School

March 24, 2010

David Meyer
David Meyer, new dean of Tulane
Law School, is a leading scholar of constitutional and family law.
(Photo from the College of Law, University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

A leading scholar of constitutional and family law has been named the 22nd dean of Tulane Law School and Mitchell Franklin Professor of Law, effective July 1.  David Meyer, currently associate dean for academic affairs and law professor at the University of Illinois College of Law, is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.  He also received his BA in History from the University of Michigan, with highest honors.  After his graduation from law school, Dean Meyer clerked for Judge Harry T. Edwards on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and for Justice Byron T. White on the US Supreme Court.

David Meyer's articles have appeared in the University of Chicago Legal Forum, Minnesota Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, and other journals.  Dean Meyer has served as US national reporter on family law at the past three congresses of the International Academy of Comparative Law, in Washington, DC (2010), Utrecht (2006), and Brisbane (2002).  He has delivered the Siben Distinguished Professorship Lecture at Hofstra University School of Law and the inaugural Weyrauch Distinguished Lecture in Family Law at the University of Florida. Meyer has been a visiting professor at George Washington University Law School and Brooklyn Law School and is a member of the American Law Institute. Prior to joining the Illinois faculty in 1996, he served as a Legal Advisor to the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague and practiced law in Washington, DC and Chicago.

"David Meyer's appointment is the result of a national search that brought us a scholar of international renown," Tulane President Scott Cowen said.  "He also has vast experience working directly with students and external constituencies, something we feel is vital in shaping the future course of our nationally ranked law program."

Meyer will replace Stephen M. Griffin, the Rutledge C. Clement Jr. Professor in Constitutional Law, who has served as interim dean at the Law School since July 2009.  Griffin stated, "As you hear over the next weeks and months about Dean Meyer's remarkable accomplishments and his plans for the School, I am sure you will agree with me that the Law School has taken a major step forward."

Meyer will be joined at Tulane by his wife, Amy Gajda, a faculty member at the University of Illinois in both journalism and law.  A specialist on First Amendment law and privacy issues, Gajda will become associate professor of law at Tulane.


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