After 21 years of dedicated service to
the American University Washington College of Law, Dean Claudio Grossman
will return to the law school faculty. An extensive national search has
been conducted, and I am delighted to announce that Camille A. Nelson
has been appointed as the next dean of the Washington College of Law.
a professor of law at Suffolk University Law School, Nelson recently
served a five-year term as Dean of Suffolk University Law School from
2010 – 2015. As dean, she led the creation of the law school’s first
strategic plan and achieved considerable successes in the areas of
fundraising, grant writing, and program and partnership development.
widely published scholar and sought-after speaker, Nelson’s scholarship
focuses on the intersection of critical race theory and cultural
studies with particular emphasis on criminal law and procedure, health
law, and comparative law. Camille Nelson holds a master of laws (LLM),
from Columbia Law School, a juris doctor (JD), magna cum laude from
University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, and a bachelor of arts (honors)
with high distinction, from University of Toronto.
served on the faculty at Saint Louis University School of Law for
almost ten years, during which time she was named Law School Faculty
Member of the Year and received the University Faculty Excellence Award.
She also held appointments at Hofstra University Law School, Washington
University in Saint Louis School of Law, University of Ottawa Faculty
of Law, University of Hawaii, Université de Paris-Dauphine (France), and
Columbia Law School. Before transitioning to academia, Nelson clerked
for Justice Frank Iacobucci of the Supreme Court of Canada and worked as
a litigation associate at one of the largest law firms in Canada.
innovator in legal education, Nelson is committed to preparing
graduates for success in an evolving legal marketplace. Recognizing that
technology is changing the way we work, she led the creation of the
Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation along with a program
concentration in legal technology and innovation—a first of its kind in
the nation—in order to transform the way in which tomorrow’s legal
workforce is educated, practices law, and delivers legal services.
service toward the advancement of legal education and the legal
profession is extensive. She currently serves on the Association of
American Law Schools Nominating Committee and is an elected member of
the American Law Institute. Most recently, she served on the Senator
Warren and Senator Markey Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Judicial
Nominations; the Steering Committee of the American Association of Law
Schools Deans Forum; as Co-Chair of the Association of American Law
Schools Section for the Law School Dean, and on the Boston Bar
Association Board. Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly recognized her as a “Top Woman of Law” and she was named to the Power 100: Most Influential Black Lawyers in the U.S.
record of forward thinking leadership, innovation, and inclusive vision
of legal education will serve WCL well. Her ability to inspire and
innovate led to her creation of the Accelerator-to-Practice Program, the
Women's Leadership Academy, a Caribbean and Latin America Initiative, a
Five Point Bar Success Program and the achievement of record
fundraising successes. Search Committee Chair, Professor Robert Kogod
Goldman, said she “possesses the requisite skills and vision to take
full advantage of our historic strengths, our advantages and
opportunities in Washington D.C., and our new campus. Camille is poised
to successfully lead the law school forward in these challenging times
for legal education and the profession.”
Designate Camille Nelson brings vitality, enthusiasm, and fresh ideas
to one of the nation's most distinctive law schools. She has our full
confidence in her ability to lead a dynamic faculty, staff, and student
body to the next level of impact in legal education. The Washington
College of Law is fortunate to attract such an experienced candidate
ready to lead a law school whose very founders were women. It is only
fitting that she is able to draw upon this rich tradition and
Camille Nelson’s appointment will begin on July 25, 2016. Please join me in welcoming her to AU.