Fordham's interim dean gets the permanent position

Michael M. Martin in The National Law Journal, May 04, 2011

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Karen Sloan
May 04, 2011

Fordham University announced Wednesday that it has promoted School of Law interim dean Michael Martin to permanent dean, effective immediately.

Martin has been leading the law school since the departure of William Treanor — now the dean at Georgetown University Law Center — last summer.

Martin has a long history at Fordham. He has taught there since 1972 and has served as associate dean three times.

"There are many reasons why Mike Martin is the ideal dean for the law school," said Fordham President Joseph McShane in a written statement. "He is widely respected within the law school and university, and in the greater legal community. He has a stellar record of achievement as a scholar and author, and he has already provided the law school with strong and steady leadership during a period of great transition."

Martin has been the lead faculty member of the committee planning the construction of a $250 million student residence at the school's campus at New York's Lincoln Center. The school broke ground on Tuesday. The building is expected to be complete by fall 2014.

"In these last eight months as interim dean, I have been impressed by the tremendous support of the school's alumni, faculty, staff and students," Martin said. "When I was asked to become a candidate in the dean search, I came to see that I could not only maintain the trajectory and momentum that had been established at Fordham Law, but also provide the stability and focus needed to achieve the goals the university has for the law school."