Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


Michael J. Kaufman, JD, Appointed Dean of the School of Law

March 13, 2017

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

We are pleased to announce that Michael J. Kaufman, JD, has been appointed as the dean of the School of Law. His appointment is effective today, March 13, 2017.

Professor Kaufman has been a member of the Loyola law faculty since 1986 and served as the School of Law's associate dean for academic affairs from 2005 until July 2016, when he assumed the role of interim dean. He has devoted his entire professional life to the service of others and is renowned for his efforts to create greater educational diversity and equity at all levels of learning.

An accomplished scholar and prolific author, Professor Kaufman has published dozens of books and countless law review articles in his four areas of expertise: education law and policy, securities regulation and litigation, civil procedure, and jurisprudence. His casebook, Education Law, Policy, and Practice: Cases and Materials, is one of the leading texts in both law and graduate school classes devoted to education law and policy. While serving as associate dean, he also created two Loyola School of Law institutes—the Education Law and Policy Institute and the Institute for Investor Protection—both of which he still directs. He was also the architect of the school's highly successful new Weekend JD program and has published the most widely used treatise in Illinois civil litigation, Illinois Civil Trial Procedure, now in its 16th edition.

In his leadership roles, Professor Kaufman has consistently served as an advocate for our Jesuit, Catholic mission, particularly in the professional schools. He was selected to serve on the steering committee for our current strategic plan, "Plan 2020: Building a More Just, Humane, and Sustainable World." As part of the committee, he participated in the development and drafting of all aspects of the plan, including its mission statement, shared goals, and institutional priorities. An expert consultant to federal and state regulators, and a public arbitrator for securities disputes, Professor Kaufman delivers bar examination review lectures for thousands of law students across the country each year. He has also been elected to three terms on the board of education of a large, diverse school district in the Chicago area, serving as the board's president and vice president.

Professor Kaufman received a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in political science and English literature from Kenyon College. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

We could not be more pleased that our national search for an extraordinary dean to lead the School of Law has resulted in the appointment of Professor Kaufman. We are confident that his unwavering commitment to excellence, innovation, social justice, and the abiding values of our law school and University will allow our community to flourish in new and exciting ways. We extend our thanks to the members of the dean search committee and its chair, Barry Sullivan, JD, professor in the School of Law and Cooney and Conway Chair in Advocacy, for their work this academic year in filling this important position.

Please join us in congratulating—and thanking—Professor Kaufman as he transitions into his new role as dean of the School of Law.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

John P. Pelissero, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer