Boston University Law School Dean Steps Down

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(Boston, Mass.) — After more than a decade at the helm of Boston University’s School of Law, Dean Ronald A. Cass has announced that he is stepping down at the end of this academic year. He will be taking time off to pursue research and related projects. During his tenure, the Law School has achieved significant milestones, the most recent of which occurred last week when the US News & World Report rankings were released.

“The law school has risen sharply in national rankings,” said Cass, “and now has been recognized by US News as among the top 25.” Last week, the new US News ranking listed Boston University School of Law at number 23 among the 180-plus ABA-approved law schools. The Leiter Report puts the school at number 19, and numerous other rankings place the school among the nation’s elite. “These rankings reflect the hard work of alumni, faculty, staff, and students, as well as members of the board and administration.” Along with the school’s top ranking in teaching, these rankings confirm the school’s national standing, which has climbed during Cass’s deanship.

Dr. Aram Chobanian, president ad interim of Boston University said, “Ron and I served as deans for many years together. During his tenure he recruited a number of outstanding scholars while also pursuing his own scholarly work, and he consistently brought in very highly qualified students. He has done an exemplary job advancing the Law School and its mission, and we appreciate his service to his school and to the University.”

When Cass assumed the leadership position in 1990, the School ranked 43rd in the nation among schools of law according to US News. In addition to its 20-position rise in that poll, the school has garnered accolades from several other publications: the Princeton Review consistently ranks the quality of faculty teaching among the best in the nation, with five consecutive first-place rankings, and the Leiter Report has named several specialty areas among the best in the country, including intellectual property law, health law and bioethics, and moral and political theory.

Cass has maintained a high scholarly and professional profile while serving as dean. He has authored or co-authored six books, 13 chapters in edited volumes, and numerous journal articles and other writings on international trade law, administrative law, antitrust law, and First Amendment law. He has served as president of the American Law Deans Association and as chairman of the American Bar Association’s Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.

A graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Chicago Law School, Cass began his teaching career at the University of Virginia and joined the BU faculty in 1981. From 1988 to 1990, he was a member of the U.S. International Trade Commission, serving as vice chairman from 1989 to 1990. He has been an arbitrator for both domestic and international disputes and has been a consultant to the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development, the Administrative Conference of the United States, the Aspen Institute, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the U.S. Department of Justice, and various private firms.