Geraldine Muir Named Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Former Cooley LLP attorney and Drew University administrator brings more than 20 years of student affairs experience to the role

Boston University School of Law has appointed Geraldine “Gerry” Muir as the new Associate Dean for Student Affairs, effective July 1, 2014.

Muir has spent most of her 20-year career in university student affairs positions, most recently serving as associate dean of student life at Drew University from 2000 to 2005. After earning her J.D. from Georgetown University in 2008, she joined Dow Lohnes PLLC (now Cooley LLP) in Washington, DC, where she has advised higher education institutions on regulatory, accreditation and compliance issues for the past six years.

“Boston University School of Law is a place of excellence, of community and of purpose,” Muir says. “It offers students the opportunity to tailor their education to their professional goals, a unique distinction from our peers that provides our students with unique opportunities not available at many other law schools. I welcome the opportunity to be a part of it.”

At BU Law, Muir will provide strategic leadership, direction and assessment for all student affairs functions, including professional enrichment and social programming; academic and personal advising of students; support for student organizations, law journals and affinity groups; advocacy, coordination and collaboration with other school and university offices that work with students; and crisis management of issues directly impacting students.

Additionally, the associate dean will ensure compliance with University and legal requirements concerning student concerns and disciplinary issues, oversee the law registrar’s office, and serve on numerous faculty committees, including Academic Standards and Dual Degree Programs.

“We have a long-standing commitment to providing our students with the best possible law school experience,” says BU Law Dean Maureen A. O’Rourke. “Gerry has demonstrated a career-long commitment to student success, and I look forward to the leadership and enthusiasm that she will bring to her new role at BU Law.”

Muir has also held student affairs positions at D’Youville College, Canisius College (her graduate alma mater), Bowling Green State University and the University of Akron. She is a member of the editorial board of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and has been admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.

She replaces Christine Marx, who retired from BU Law in May.

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