Boston University Appoints Interim Law School Dean

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(Boston, Mass.) — Boston University President ad interim Dr. Aram V. Chobanian today announced the appointment of the associate dean for academic affairs, Maureen A. O’Rourke, as interim dean of the School of Law. O’Rourke will replace Dean Ronald Cass, who has been at the helm of Boston University’s Law School for more than a decade.

O’Rourke has been the associate dean for academic affairs at the Law School since 2003. Prior to that she was the associate dean of administration for two years. She came to Boston University as an associate professor in 1993, and became a full professor in 1998. O’Rourke teaches upper-level courses in Intellectual Property and Commercial Law. She also has been a visiting professor at Columbia University’s School of Law in New York, La Trobe University in Australia and the University of Victoria Law School in British Columbia.

In announcing the appointment, Chobanian said, “The Law School was fortunate to have a number of strong candidates internally who could potentially step into the role of dean 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 noted, “When I came to Boston University 11 years ago, I never envisioned myself in the role of interim dean. 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 was a recipient of a Boston University Metcalf Award, which is bestowed on outstanding members of the University faculty for teaching excellence. She received her J.D. from Yale and was the recipient of a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and in Accounting from Marist College. O’Rourke has co-authored a casebook on copyright law and written numerous articles in her field. She began her career as an attorney at IBM. Her appointment as dean ad interim is effective July 1.