Dean O’Brien named to “Most Influential in Legal Education” list
One of 25 chosen in nationwide survey
(Boston, 12/14/12) New England Law | Boston: New England Law | Boston Dean John F. O’Brien is one of the 25 "most influential people in legal education,” according to a nationwide survey conducted by the National Jurist.
“The list is a who’s who of the people who have shaped the discussion over the past year, which has been a challenging and pivotal year,” said Jack Crittenden, the magazine’s editor-in-chief. The list will be published in the January issue.
Dean O'Brien has been dean of the law school since 1988 and has the longest continuous service at a single institution of any law school dean in the country. He served as chair in 2011-2012 of the Council of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar and remains on the Council as immediate past chair. He previously served as chair of the ABA's Accreditation Committee and of its Independent Law Schools Committee.
“I’m gratified to receive this recognition from the National Jurist,” said Dean O’Brien. “It acknowledges the growing national recognition of the quality of New England Law | Boston’s programs and of our outstanding faculty.”
Dean O’Brien was nominated by Gregory G. Murphy, Esq., whose numerous ABA activities include serving as chair of the Accreditation Committee from 2006 to 2007. Murphy has also chaired the Montana Board of Bar Examiners and the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and is currently co-chair of the conference’s Special Committee on a Uniform Bar Examination.
“It would be very difficult to identify a person who had a more significant and positive impact on legal education in the United States during this past year than Dean O’Brien,” said Murphy in his nomination letter. “With courage, wisdom, integrity, and foresight, Dean O’Brien effectively led the Council and the Section through perhaps the most challenging year in legal education in decades.”
Murphy singled out Dean O’Brien’s efforts to improve the quality of information provided to law school applicants and students and to improve and streamline the reporting obligations of law schools to the ABA, among other accomplishments.