Northeastern Appoints James Hackney as New School of Law Dean

Northeastern University has appointed a new dean of the School of Law: James Hackney, an accomplished, long-serving professor in Northeastern’s law school and who has also held key administrative roles in more than two decades at the university.

Hackney, who begins as dean on July 1, has served as associate dean for entrepreneurial programs and research support and associate dean for academic affairs within the School of Law. He joined the Northeastern University School of Law faculty in 1992, teaching courses in areas such torts, corporate finance, financial institutions regulation, corporations, critical race theory, and law and economics.

Most recently, Hackney has been a member of the university’s Strategic Leadership Team as chief of staff and senior strategy advisor to Northeastern President Joseph E. Aoun since 2016. In this role, he has developed and executed a number of presidential initiatives and served as a primary liaison between university leaders. He was also heavily engaged in developing Northeastern 2025, the university’s academic plan.

“This is a tremendous opportunity,” Hackney said. “I believe we’re in a position to do great things and make an impact in the future. There are so many things happening at the university that tie into the exciting initiatives at the law school. Working in the president’s office really opened my eyes to the many possibilities.”

Hackney said his goals as dean include continuing the School of Law’s leadership in public interest and social justice, identifying opportunities for collaboration across the university, and building up the law school’s three centers: the Center for Health Policy and Law; the Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity; and the Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration.

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