Dean Emeritus Jeff Lewis Appointed to ABA Leadership Position

September 13, 2016

Saint Louis University School of Law is pleased to announce Dean Emeritus and Professor Jeffrey Lewis has been named Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Dean Lewis, who currently teaches Evidence, Remedies, Conflict of Laws and a seminar entitled Famous Criminal Trials, assumed responsibility as Vice Chair at the close of the Annual Meeting of the ABA in August.

“Having previously chaired the ABA Accreditation Committee and the ABA Standard Review Committee, Dean Lewis has the leadership experience to usher legal education into the future,” says Dean Michael Wolff, current dean of SLU LAW.  “He will continue to represent our law school well with this new position.”

The Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar is the ABA’s first section. The Section’s Council and Accreditation Committee are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) as the national accrediting agency for programs leading to the J.D.  The mission of the section is to be a creative national force in providing leadership and services to those responsible for and those who benefit from a sound program of legal education and bar admissions.  In his new role, Lewis will have opportunities to provide leadership in law school accreditation during this critical time in legal education. Lewis will serve on the Executive Committee of the Council for a total of four years on the committee; one year as vice chair, then chair-elect, chair and past-chair.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Council during this time when American legal education faces many challenges and has many opportunities for progress,” said Dean Lewis.

Dean Lewis joined SLU LAW as dean in 1999 and served in that capacity for 11 years. He returned to full-time teaching in 2010 with the title of dean emeritus and professor of law. He began his teaching career in 1970 at the University of Akron. He served on the law faculty at the University of Florida from 1972 to 1999, and during his tenure at Florida he served as associate dean for seven years and dean for eight years.  He received his B.A. and J.D. from Duke University. 

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