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Vice Dean Gregory Mark Named Dean of DePaul University College of Law

June 09, 2011 – 
Vice Dean Gregory Mark, Professor of Law and Justice Nathan L. Jacobs Scholar at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, has been appointed dean of DePaul University College of Law, effective July 1, 2011.

A noted legal historian, Mark was an assistant professor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law prior to joining the Rutgers–Newark law faculty in 1996. He was also appointed to the Rutgers–Newark history department’s graduate faculty. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, at the law school he has served as director of the Center for Institutional Governance, co-director of the Center for Law, Science and Technology, and Associate Dean for Institutional Planning. His scholarship has focused on corporate law and governance, legal history, and constitutional law.

Greg Mark
Reflecting on leaving Rutgers, Mark said: “Rutgers has been a great home for a decade and a half. I will always treasure the opportunities the school has provided, the relationships I have built with so many students, and the terrific intellect my colleagues demonstrate every day.

“I certainly would not be DePaul’s dean without Stuart Deutsch’s faith in me as someone who could help him during his deanship and Dean John Farmer’s continuing faith. I am pleased that I was able to help the Center for Law, Science and Technology get off the ground and become central to building the school’s reputation in intellectual property. I am happy that I have been useful to junior faculty in assisting them obtain resources necessary to do their work. And I am especially pleased that I had a chance to help the school’s development efforts, most especially in bringing in our current director.”

About his proudest accomplishments during almost 20 years of teaching law, Mark said: “Some of my accomplishments came as a surprise. For example, the piece I wrote on the right to petition has developed a prominence that I never expected. I thought it would be of passing interest to historians and that was it. As it turns out, academics and practitioners of every stripe seem to have found it useful.

“Though not exactly an accomplishment, I am certain that nothing surpasses the day-to-day joy I get from the classroom. It is an oasis. And, of course, I owe an eternal debt of gratitude to Vice Dean Ronald Chen for asking me to teach Contracts. Teaching entering law students is a special pleasure.”

Before becoming a law professor, Mark was associate counsel for the Office of Independent Counsel in the Iran/Contra matter. He helped develop U.S. v. Clarridge; led a project on foreign intelligence and national security concerns in the prosecution of government officials; and acted as liaison to the White House Counsel’s Office, the U.S. Senate, the National Security Agency, and the CIA.

Dean Mark received his B.A. from Butler University, his M.A. in American history from Harvard University, and his J.D. from the University of Chicago, where he was articles editor of the University of Chicago Law Review. He then clerked for Judge Bruce M. Selya, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Of returning to Chicago to head DePaul’s College of Law, Mark said: “The school’s deep roots in Chicago and its nearly 100-year commitment to intellectual achievement, access to education, and community constitute a venerable tradition upon which I hope to build.” 

On a more personal note, he offered: “My family and I have made some deep friendships in New Jersey. Moving inevitably alters those relationships and I am sentimental enough that I have already begun to think about what that will entail. Of course, my kids grew up here. New Jersey will always be associated with the trials and joys of raising two children.”

He added that “if there are real lessons” provided by his 15 years in the state, “at least some will come from my time as a member of our school board. Nothing brings home more quickly the difficulties of governance than actually having to do it.”

Dean Mark concluded that, for all the changes that lay ahead, there is one fundamental aspect of his new home that will be familiar: “Jersey and Chicago have approaches to public matters that are similar, demonstrating the truth, for both good and ill, that all politics is local.”