Academics & Faculty

Michael H. Schill Appointed as Dean of the UCLA School of Law

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Michael H.Schill, professor of law at New York University and director of the FurmanCenter for Real Estate and Urban Policy — a joint center of the NYU Law Schooland the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service — has been selected as dean ofUCLA's School of Law, effective Aug. 1, Chancellor Albert Carnesale announced.The appointment is subject to approval by the University of California Board ofRegents.

"Michael Schillis a respected scholar, impressive administrator and dedicated teacher,"Carnesale said. "He has outstanding qualifications to lead UCLA's law schoolinto the future, including experience at two top-10 law schools and nine yearsas director of the Furman Center. My colleagues and I are excited about workingwith him as he joins the UCLA family."

"I am thrilledabout the opportunities ahead of me at UCLA," Schill said. "UCLA is already oneof the most distinguished law schools in the nation with a faculty that issecond to none. Over the past six months as I have been able to learn much moreabout the school, I have been enormously impressed by the commitment andquality of its students, faculty, administrators and alumni. As we draw linksto the world-class university of which it is a part, the law school is poisedto become the leading innovator in interdisciplinary legal education."

Schill said helooks forward to working with the administrators, faculty and students at thelaw school.

"UCLA's lawschool is unique among American law schools," he said. "It is a younginstitution that has never been afraid to innovate. This is especially fittinggiven its location in one of the most dynamic cities in the nation."

Schillsucceeds Jonathan Varat, who returned to teaching at the law school last yearat the end of a five-year term as dean. Norman Abrams has been serving asinterim dean.

Schill,45, was born in Schenectady,N.Y., and grew up there. He earned his bachelor'sdegree from Princeton University in 1980 and his law degree from Yale LawSchool in 1984.

Schill worked as a law clerkto U.S. District Court Judge Marvin Katz from 1984 to 1985. He then worked asan associate at the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobsonfrom 1984 to 1987. Schill joined the academic ranks in July 1987 as anassistant law professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, became anassociate professor there in 1991 and a full professor in 1992 at the lawschool and Penn's Wharton School. Schill was a visiting professor at HarvardLaw School for the fall 1999 semester.

At NYU Schill has been thedirector of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy since 1994. In1995 he became a professor of law and urban planning. In September 2003, he wasawarded the Wilf Family Chair in Property Law.

Schill is anationally recognized expert on American housing law and policy. He has writtenor edited three books and more than 40 articles on various aspects of housingpolicy, deregulation, finance and discrimination. He also is an activeparticipant in housing policy, serving on a wide variety of governmental taskforces and bodies as well as boards of directors of nonprofit organizations.

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