Boston University School of Law

Ernest M. Haddad

Associate Dean for Special Projects
Professor of Law

B.A., Trinity College
LL.B., Boston University School of Law

Interests: non profit organizations, corporate governance; health care

As Associate Dean for Special Projects, Ernest M. Haddad is involved in a variety of aspects of law school administration - including student recruitment , career development and alumni relations.

Dean Haddad has been involved with BU Law since he entered as a law student in 1961, graduating in 1964. After two years of law firm practice, Haddad returned to BU Law to serve as Assistant Dean - responsible for J.D. student recruitment, admission, financial aid, counseling, placement and commencement. He also oversaw the first year legal research and writing program and taught a course in Law and Psychiatry. Then, in 1971, he entered public service as assistant secretary-general counsel in the newly created Massachusetts Executive Office of Human Services. In 1976, he joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts as general counsel. In 1981, Dean Haddad became secretary and general counsel of The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the largest teaching hospital affiliate of Harvard Medical School. In 1995, when MGH joined with Brigham and Women's Hospital to create Partners Health Care System, Inc., he became its first general counsel and secretary, participating in the creation of the largest academic health care and biomedical research organization in the country. After 21 years in these positions, he returned once again to BU Law. From 2002 to 2008, he served as Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, responsible for the Master of Laws (LL.M.) programs offered by the School of Law's Graduate Tax Program, Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law and Office of Foreign Programs.

Dean Haddad is involved in a variety of bar and community service activities. Among his current activities, he serves as a member of the governing boards of the International Institute of Boston and the New England Legal Foundation. He recently completed several years of service as an officer and governing board member of both the Boston Bar Association (BBA) and the Boston Bar Foundation (BBF). He served as the chair of the Joint Audit Committee of the BBA and BBF from 2002 through 2008.