05.01.11 — Luke Bierman, the former general counsel to the New York state comptroller, has been named Associate Dean for Experiential Education and Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Law.

Professor Bierman's responsibilities include overseeing the School of Law’s nationally recognized Cooperative Legal Education Program and six clinics in areas ranging from civil rights and restorative justice to domestic violence and public health. An expert on ethics and fiduciary reform, corporate governance, and judicial process, Professor Bierman managed a legal staff of 55 attorneys for the state comptroller, the sole trustee of New York’s $130 billion pension fund.

Previously, he served as founding director of the Justice Center and special assistant to the president of the American Bar Association, executive director of the Institute for Emerging Issues at North Carolina State University, and chief attorney of the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, 3d Department as well as chief attorney to the court. He also practiced law in upstate New York.

Professor Bierman has taught at Albany Law School, Northwestern University School of Law, North Carolina State University and Trinity College in Hartford. He earned a PhD and MA from the State University of New York at Albany, a JD from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary and a BA from Colgate University.