University names new School of Law dean

Professor Jennifer Brown
Jennifer Gerarda Brown, the Carmen Tortora Professor of Law in the School of Law, was named dean of the School of Law effective July 1, 2013.

Feb. 20, 2013 - Jennifer Gerarda Brown has been named dean of the Quinnipiac University School of Law effective July 1, 2013.  

"Jennifer was selected from a pool of outstanding applicants following an extensive national search," said Quinnipiac President John L. Lahey, who announced the appointment. "Quinnipiac is fortunate to have someone with Jennifer's extensive teaching, research, administrative and legal experience to serve as the next dean of the School of Law."

Brown came to Quinnipiac as a faculty member in the School of Law in 1994 and she currently is the Carmen Tortora Professor of Law. For nearly 15 years, Brown has served as the director of the School of Law's Center on Dispute Resolution. U.S. News & World Report repeatedly ranks Quinnipiac in the top 20 law school programs in dispute resolution. Brown has served on the law school's executive committee, honor code committee and the speakers and conferences committee.

"I am extremely excited to be stepping into the deanship at Quinnipiac," Brown said. "There is so much at Quinnipiac to value. Under Brad Saxton's leadership, our sense of community and student service has only strengthened, and I plan to maintain that focus. We will be looking for new ways to work with our students as they plan their careers and find their core sense of purpose as problem-solving professionals."

One of the first projects Brown will undertake as dean is leading the law school's move from the Mount Carmel Campus in Hamden, where it has been since 1995, to Quinnipiac's North Haven Campus, which also is home to Quinnipiac's schools of medicine, nursing, health sciences and education.

 "The opening of the medical school in the fall of 2013 will give us some fantastic opportunities for cross-disciplinary learning," Brown said.  "As we plan a very exciting move to a newly renovated building on the North Haven graduate campus, we'll seize opportunities to design a building as innovative as our educational and extra-curricular programs. I've loved working at Quinnipiac these 18 years, and I look forward to new opportunities to serve this place and the people who populate it."

Lahey said he is confident the School of Law will be highly successful under Brown's leadership. "Jennifer is well known and highly regarded in the legal community as a result of her work with Connecticut judges, lawyers and legal academics," Lahey said. "She brings the additional benefit of a demonstrated deep commitment to the law school and its students. I am confident that Jennifer will facilitate the introduction of innovative approaches to legal education that will build on the core strengths of the School of Law."  

Brown received her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College. She received her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law where she was a notes and comments editor of the Law Review from 1984-1985.  She held a clerkship from 1985-1986 with the Hon. Harold A. Baker, U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois.

Brown worked as an associate at the law firm of Winston and Strawn in Chicago from 1986-1989.  She is a nationally recognized scholar. Prior to coming to Quinnipiac, she was an associate professor at Emory Law School, and over the course of her career she has taught at law schools including The University of Chicago, Georgetown University, Harvard University and Yale University. She has been a senior research scholar in law at Yale University since 1998.  She has a lengthy record of scholarly achievements that includes numerous publications, book chapters and invited presentations. In 2008, she received the Honorable Robert C. Zampano Award for Excellence in Mediation.  

She and her husband Ian Ayres, the William K. Townsend Professor of Law at Yale Law School, live in New Haven with their children Henry and Anna Ayres-Brown.