Fordham Law School has named Professors Joseph Landau and Clare Huntington to senior leadership positions.
Professor Landau, an expert in the fields of civil and constitutional procedure, will succeed Linda Sugin as associate dean for academic affairs. Dean Sugin has served in the role for the past four years and will be transitioning back to the faculty full time.
“In addition to chairing Fordham’s strategic planning process, Professor Landau is a beloved house leader and is deeply involved in helping students find their first jobs after graduating,” said Dean Matthew Diller. “I welcome him to this critical role, and I am looking forward to working with him in this capacity.”
Dean Diller added, “I also want to thank Linda Sugin for the tremendous amount of work and effort that she put into bettering Fordham Law—including, but not limited to creating the house system and building up our mentorship programming.”
Of his new appointment, Professor Landau said, “I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with and support the entire Fordham community—students, staff, administrators, and faculty—to bring out their personal best, and the best of the institution.”
The Law School is also creating a new administrative position—associate dean for strategic initiatives—that will be held by Professor Huntington, an expert in the fields of family law and poverty law.
In this new position, Professor Huntington will work with Dean Diller and Professor Landau to accomplish the major components of the Law School’s strategic plan and ensure the institution adapts to long-term changes from the pandemic.
“Professor Huntington was integrally involved in some of the key decisions around our approach to teaching this fall,” Dean Diller said. “I feel optimistic and confident in what she will bring to this role, including her leadership and learnings from the experiences of the past year.”
While she fills this role, Professor Huntington will continue to remain active with her teaching responsibilities, research, and engaging in other faculty activities.
“It was deeply rewarding to work with a group of faculty, students, and administrators to help guide the Law School through the pandemic,” said Professor Huntington, who has chaired Fordham Law’s COVID-19 working group since last spring. “I am looking forward to working with our community again, as we emerge from the pandemic and seek both to repair what has been lost and find new opportunities to learn from this experience.”