in BU In the Community, News Releases, School of Law
August 17th, 2010

Contact: Mary Gallagher, 617/353-3097 | marykg@bu.edu

(Boston) – Boston University School of Law Dean Maureen A. O’Rourke has been elected to the American Bar Association’s Council for the Section on Legal Education, the official accrediting body of U.S. law schools.

O’Rourke was elected to a three-year term to the section, which plays an important role in shaping the future of legal education, on August 7 at the Section’s Annual Business Meeting in San Francisco.

The section produces various publications, such as its newsletter, Syllabus, which covers topics including law school accreditation, diversity in legal education and the profession, the impact of technology and globalization on legal education, and excellence in legal writing. It also hosts highly rated conferences on law school development and facilities planning and renovation and provides networking opportunities with full-time and adjunct faculty, deans and other legal professionals nationwide.

O’Rourke, who is the Michaels Faculty Scholar at BU Law, joined the faculty in 1993 after working at IBM Corporation, where she handled software licensing issues. At BU Law, her scholarship focuses on the intersection of intellectual property law and other fields, such as contract and anti-trust law.

The author of a leading copyright casebook, Copyright in the Global information Economy (Aspen Law & Business), O’Rourke has also published articles in the law reviews of Columbia, Duke, Iowa and Minnesota, and in the technology journals of Berkeley, Harvard and BU. She was the associate reporter on the American Law Institute’s Principles of Software Contracting Project.

O’Rourke graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. from Marist College and with a J.D. from Yale Law School. In May 2000, she became BU Law’s sixth recipient of the Metcalf Award, the school’s highest teaching honor. She served as acting dean for two years prior to becoming the dean of BU Law in 2006.

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