05.20.13 — Professor James Hackney has been appointed Northeastern University School of Law's first Associate Dean for Entrepreneurial Programs and Research Support.

“Associate Dean Hackney needs no introduction to the Northeastern community as an outstanding teacher, a creative and productive scholar, and a respected leader, who now serves as co-chair of Northeastern's Presidential Council on Inclusion and Diversity,” said Dean Jeremy Paul.

Associate Dean Hackney will assume responsibility for pairing the teaching and research missions of the law school with new markets and new sources of external funding. He will lead the law school's efforts to identify government and foundation sources of support and manage an active program of faculty proposals aimed at securing available funds. He will also represent the law school in university collaborations aimed at developing interdisciplinary grant proposals. As Associate Dean Hackney leads the law school’s efforts to expand the school’s educational offerings to new markets, he will identify underserved sectors and establish effective educational programs to serve those sectors. These programs will include hybrid and online offerings and will also include legal training aimed at individuals in different disciplines who may benefit from a modest amount of formal legal education.   

magna cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California and a graduate of Yale Law School (where he was book review and comment editor of the Yale Law Journal), Associate Dean Hackney has served on the Northeastern law faculty since 1991. He previously served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2006 until 2009. Associate Dean Hackney teaches in the areas of torts, corporate finance, corporations, critical race theory, and law and economics. His research focuses on intellectual history, torts, the mutual fund industry, law and economics, and critical race theory. He is the author of two acclaimed books: Under Cover of Science: American Legal-Economic Theory and the Quest for Objectivity (Duke University Press, 2007) and Legal Intellectuals in Conversation: Reflections on the Construction of Contemporary American Legal Theory (New York University Press, 2012).

“It's clear that the nature of legal education is changing rapidly. The goal is to match our pursuit of new markets and funding with our mission and priorities,” said Associate Dean Hackney. “This will very much be a community effort, and I am pleased to play a leadership role.”