In his first year as Dean of the Law School, Nicholas W. Allard has championed several new innovations that the Law School and faculty have developed, including a two-year accelerated J.D. program; the Washington, D.C. semester immersion program; Business Boot Camp over intersession break; and the upcoming two-year fellowship in practice program for third-year students. He has also been busy getting to know alumni (In Conversation events) and meeting with students (Nick’s Noshes).
Dean Allard and his wife, Marla, were a constant presence at BLS events in their inaugural year, such as the monthly late-night mix and mingles; four campaign 2012 debates and election night events; and countless student, faculty, scholarly, and community programs at the Law School. While these ongoing responsibilities keep his plate full, Dean Allard continues to be an active participant in the legal community, speaking at several high-profile domestic and international events, and writing in his areas of expertise.
This week, Dean Allard is in Russia for the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum, one of the largest legal conferences of its kind. (Professor Lawrence Solan will also be at the Forum, as a speaker of the session “International Crime: National and International Jurisdiction.”) Dean Allard will take part in a panel on U.S. legal education moderated by Michael Swainston of Brick Court Chambers in London. Joining Dean Allard will be the deans of the law faculties at the Moscow State University and St. Petersburg State University, as well as a distinguished group of faculty members from Oxford University and Queen Mary College, and the head of the International Law Practice Group at Ivanyan & Partners.
Dean Allard will also be a part of the “Lobbying as a Legal Profession” panel, joining a prestigious roster of international lobbying experts including Marc Kesselman, Senior Vice President & General Counsel of PepsiCo/Frito-Lay, Inc.; Natalya Malyamina, Partner at Ivanyan & Partners (Moscow); Thomas Susman, Director of the American Bar Association’s Governmental Affairs Office; and Hermann Schmitt, Partner at White & Case LLC (Moscow).
Since its inception in 2011, the Forum has been a premier platform for dialogue between politicians, lawyers, economists, and scientists from all major economic and legal systems. Last year’s event drew more than 2,000 people from 51 countries. This year’s opening speakers include Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the Chief Judge of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, and the highest-ranked judge in the Russian Federation. Dean Allard and Professor Solan will be involved in more presentations than any other institution or organization represented at the four-day event.
“This is a great opportunity to draw international attention to Brooklyn Law School,” said Dean Allard. “I look forward to joining leaders from around the world on one stage, and I’m proud to represent BLS at this important forum.”
Closer to home, Dean Allard joined the New York Law Fellows of the American Bar Foundation on May 2 for a talk on law school graduate employment. The luncheon, held at the offices of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, also featured Richard Revesz, the outgoing Dean of New York University School of Law, and Patricia Salkin, Dean of Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. The New York Law Fellows are lawyers, judges, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have “demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession,” according to the American Bar Foundation.
“My top priority is that our graduates find the jobs they deserve,” Dean Allard said. “It’s an issue much bigger than BLS, requiring collaboration and conversation with the larger community. I was both honored and eager to take part in the event and to discuss the topic in depth.”
In addition to his speaking engagements, Dean Allard contributed a chapter entitled, “The Globalization of Information Privacy and Security in Cyberspace: Government, Law and Society in the 21st Century Online World” to the forthcoming book, Inside the Minds, Understanding Developments in Cyberspace Law (Aspatore Books, 2013).