George Brown Appointed Associate Law School Dean

George Brown Appointed Associate Law School Dean

Boston College Law School Dean John H. Garvey recently announced the appointment of Prof. George Brown as associate dean for academic affairs, effective June 1. Brown will replace Prof. Sharon O'Connor, who has held the position for the past year.

As associate dean, Brown will work with the dean and faculty in areas of curriculum review, program development, faculty appointment, and research, and will oversee the delivery of academic services to students.

"I am delighted to be able to appoint someone of such great talent, wisdom, and experience," said Garvey. "George has been a member of our community for 32 years, and he is a world-renowned teacher and scholar. His passion for teaching and his commitment to justice and professional responsibility are unmatched. He has the trust and affection of all quarters of the faculty and staff. We could not have found a better fit."

Garvey also praised the work of O'Connor, the former associate dean for library and computing services. "Sharon has done a wonderful job. I can't thank her enough for all the important contributions she has made to this school."

Brown, who joined the BC Law faculty in 1971, is an expert in issues of government ethics and professional responsibility and a specialist in the field of federal-state relations.

The author of more than 30 articles, Brown is best known for his work on the jurisdiction of federal courts and on the federal grant-in-aid system. He also has written several articles on current judicial developments. His proposal for the use of state law in mail fraud prosecutions was adopted by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in a major anti-corruption decision.

Prior to joining the Law School faculty Brown served as legislative assistant to the governor and as assistant attorney general of Massachusetts. In 1994, Governor William Weld appointed him chairman of the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission. He has also served as chairman of the Section on Federal Courts of the Association of American Law Schools.
-Law School Communications Manager Nathaniel Kenyon  

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