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Week of 13 May 2004 · Vol. VII, No. 30

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O’Rourke picked as School of Law interim dean

Maureen A. O’Rourke Photo by Vernon Doucette


Maureen A. O’Rourke Photo by Vernon Doucette

Maureen A. O’Rourke, the School of Law’s associate dean for academic affairs, has been named interim dean of the school, effective July 1. O’Rourke will succeed Ronald Cass, who last month announced he will step down after 14 years as dean at the end of this academic year to pursue scholarly work.

“The law school was fortunate to have a number of strong candidates internally who could potentially step into the role of dean ad interim,” says Aram Chobanian, president ad interim. “Associate Dean O’Rourke has the requisite managerial and teaching skills and also enjoys widespread support among the law school faculty.”

O’Rourke, a LAW professor teaching upper-level courses in intellectual property and commercial law, came to BU as an associate professor in 1993 and was made a full professor in 1998. She has been associate dean for academic affairs since 2003, and previously was the associate dean of administration for two years. She has also been a visiting professor at Columbia University’s School of Law, La Trobe University in Australia, and the University of Victoria Law School in British Columbia.

“When I came to Boston University 11 years ago, I never envisioned myself in the role of interim dean,” says O’Rourke, who received BU’s Metcalf Award for teaching excellence in 2000. “However, I have greatly enjoyed my administrative responsibilities for the last three years, along with my teaching. I look forward to reaching out to the law school faculty, students, alumni, and staff as well as the entire University community.”

O’Rourke received her J.D. from Yale and a bachelor of science in computer science and accounting from Marist College. She began her career as an attorney at IBM, and has coauthored a casebook on copyright law and written numerous articles in her field.


13 May 2004
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