Luke BiermanAssociate Dean for Experiential Education and Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Law
Colgate University, BA 1979
College of William and Mary, JD 1982
State University of New York Albany, MA 1991
State University of New York Albany, PhD 1994
Mail: 400 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 373-5986
Fax: (617) 373-5056
Professor Bierman oversees the School of Law’s innovative curriculum, including the Cooperative Legal Education Program, clinics and Legal Skills in Social Context, ensuring students are comprehensively prepared for careers as attorneys meeting the challenges of 21st century legal practice.
Previously, Professor Bierman served for almost four years as general counsel to the New York state comptroller, who is the sole trustee of the state’s $130 billion pension fund and the state’s chief fiscal officer for the state of New York’s $130 billion budget. In this role, Professor Bierman managed a legal staff that included 55 attorneys, and was responsible for legal advice and counsel on all matters relating to the comptroller’s constitutional and statutory responsibilities, including fiduciary, governance, ethics, litigation, investment, pension benefits, state and municipal finance and legislative matters.
Earlier in his career, Professor Bierman served as a fellow in government law and policy at Albany Law School. He also has served as director of the Institute for Emerging Issues at North Carolina State University, where he held the rank of associate professor of political science; as founding director of the Justice Center and special assistant to the president of the American Bar Association; as visiting specialist in constitutional law with the rank of associate professor at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey; and as law clerk to justices and as chief attorney of the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department. Professor Bierman also has taught at Albany Law School, Northwestern University School of Law, the University at Albany and Trinity College in Hartford.
Professor Bierman is a frequent lecturer and commentator about corporate governance reform, fiduciary responsibility and ethics, and justice reform. He was a member of the board of directors of the Council of Institutional Investors, where he co-chaired the policies committee. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute.
Fields of Expertise
- Clinical Legal Education
- Cooperative Legal Education
- Legal Education
"Northeastern's Pathway to Practice Course: Legal Ethics and Professionalism on Co-op and Beyond," 18 The Law Teacher 1 2011
"The Administration of Justice a Century After Roscoe Pound: Future Directions and Emerging Trends," 48 South Texas Law Review 1051, 2007
"Help Wanted: Is There a Better Way to Select Judges?," 34 Fordham Urban Law Journal 511, 2007
"Three Views of State Appellate Courts," 26 Justice System Journal 92, 2005
"Beyond Merit Selection," 29 Fordham Urban Law Journal 101, 2001