Fordham Law

Two Fordham Law Alumni Named to Lead Law Schools

August 15, 2012

Two alumni of Fordham Law School have been named to leadership positions at law schools in California and Connecticut.

Niels Schaumann '84 became president and dean of California Western School of Law in August. Prior to his appointment he served as a professor and vice dean for faculty at William Mitchell College of Law. He is an expert in copyright law and federal securities regulation and has taught courses in copyright law, computer law, comparative and international intellectual property, agency, partnership, corporations, securities regulation, and corporate finance. Schaumann graduated cum laude from Fordham Law, where he was the managing editor of the Fordham Law Review. After law school, he was a law clerk to Judge Lawrence W. Pierce of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and practiced law for more than four years with the New York law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

Willajeanne F. McLean '86 was named interim dean at the University of Connecticut School of Law. As a member of the Connecticut Law faculty, McLean has taught courses in trademarks, European Union law, and torts. She holds undergraduate degrees from Wellesley and the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. McLean enrolled at Fordham Law after working in a research lab at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute. A patent attorney, she practiced law at intellectual property boutique Darby and Darby, where her work was primarily in the field of trademark law. In addition to her U.S. law studies, McLean attended the Institute of European Studies at the Free University of Brussels, where she obtained a degree in European law. She has also served as an intern in the Competition Division of the European Commission in Brussels. She has guest lectured at a number of universities and, in spring 2009, was a visiting professor at Fordham Law.