Mary Lu Bilek - Dean; Professor of Law

Mary Lu Bilek's faculty portrait.

J.D., Harvard Law School
A.B., St. Mary’s College

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Dean Bilek was appointed Dean of UMass Law in 2012. Prior to that, she had practiced law for five years with the firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison and, in 1985, had joined the faculty of the CUNY School of Law.

As Academic Dean for the first three deans of CUNY School of Law and as Interim Dean during the 2005-06 academic year, she played leadership roles in developing and implementing its innovative curriculum for practice, insuring that its policies and its programs supported access to legal education for students from communities underrepresented in the profession, and moving the law school towards full ABA and AALS accreditation.

Dean Bilek's commitment to UMass Law’s values and mission has led to the development of initiatives to promote access to justice and public service, student-centered instruction across the range of skills and values necessary for graduating excellent lawyers, and promoting the social justice mission of the Law School. Noteworthy among these initiatives are the school’s Public Interest Law Fellowships and the Justice Bridge legal incubator.

Dean Bilek presents regularly on issues related to diversity in legal education, the bar examination, and developing outcomes and assessments.

Dean Bilek has regularly served as an accreditation Site Visit Team member for the ABA. She is a 2007 Fellow of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice. She chaired the ABA Section on Legal Education Diversity Committee in 2010-11 and serves on its Special Committee on the Professional Educational Continuum. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers. She was appointed by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to serve on the statewide Access to Justice Commission, as the co-chair of its Access to Attorneys Committee, and on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation. She has also been appointed to the LSAC Diversity Committee. In 2013, she was named a Top Woman in the Law by Massachusetts Law Weekly.





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