DeGioia names William Treanor as Dean of Georgetown Law Center

In an e-mail sent to the Georgetown community this afternoon, President John DeGioia announced the appointment of William M. Treanor as the new Dean of the Georgetown Law Center, effective August 16.

Treanor has been the Dean of Fordham Univerisity’s School of Law since 2002. During his time at Fordham, Treanor became known for offering students free ice cream and cupckaes during exams, as well as gifting flip-flops to every student prior to summer vacation. For his involvement with the student body, The New York Sun dubbed Treanor “an activist dean” in a 2006 profile.

“I’m trying to encourage a family feeling at the school,” Mr. Treanor told the Sun.

As an expert in constitutional law, Treanor also served as a member of Fordham Law’s faculty, as the Deputy Attorney General in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Council, and as the associate independent council during the Iran/Contra investigation.

Treanor will replace Judith Areen, who has served as Interim Dean since the departure of T. Alexander Aleinikoff in early December.

President DeGioia’s e-mail:

Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community:

It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of our new Executive Vice President and Dean of the Georgetown University Law Center, William M. Treanor, effective August 16. Dean Treanor joins our community from Fordham University, where he has served as Dean of Fordham Law School since 2002.

Dean Treanor has had a rich and varied legal career working in both higher education and government. He has been on the faculty of Fordham Law since 1991, serving as Associate Professor and then Professor before being named Dean. During his tenure, Dean Treanor worked to enhance the academic reputation of Fordham Law by strengthening the school’s clinical program and its global focus. Dean Treanor promoted a strong sense of community and a commitment to the Jesuit tradition of education and service to others at Fordham Law, and he worked to increase students’ quality of life.

>From 1998-2001, Dean Treanor served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, responsible for supplying advice to the White House and Attorney General. Before coming to Fordham, he served as a government attorney, and was associate independent counsel during the Iran/Contra investigation. Dean Treanor is also a renowned legal scholar with a focus in constitutional law. Since 2006, he has served as the Paul Fuller Professor of Law at Fordham.

Dean Treanor earned his B.A. and J.D. from Yale University, and this spring he completed a Ph.D. in History at Harvard University.

I wish to express my deep appreciation to Dean Emerita Judith Areen for her leadership of the Law Center during this period of transition. I am also grateful to Patricia King, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Medicine, Ethics, and Public Policy, and the entire search committee for their dedication in conducting a comprehensive, nationwide search for the new leader of our Law Center.

Please join me in welcoming Dean Treanor to Georgetown. I very much look forward to working together and to his dynamic leadership of our Law Center in the years ahead.

You have my very best wishes.


John J. DeGioia

One Comment on “DeGioia names William Treanor as Dean of Georgetown Law Center

  1. Handing out ice cream to students?

    Looks like he’s going to be the Law Center’s Dr. Porterfield! This can only be good.

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