Jeffrey Lewis joined the Saint Louis University School of Law as dean in 1999 and served in that capacity for eleven years. He returned to full time teaching in 2010 as Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law. He began his law teaching career in 1970 at the University of Akron College of Law. He served on the law faculty at the University of Florida College of Law from 1972 to 1999, and during his tenure at the University of Florida he served as associate dean for seven years and dean for eight years.
Dean Lewis is currently teaching Evidence, Remedies and a seminar, Famous Trials. During his career he has also taught Civil Procedure, Federal Courts and Conflict of Laws. He has always favored procedure courses because of their trans-substantive nature and the mix of the practical and theoretical thinking which they require for mastery. He was the recipient of the Outstanding Professor Award at the University of Florida College Of Law.
In 2012 Dean Lewis received the prestigious Robert J. Kutak award from the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. This award is given annually to honor an individual who has made significant contributions to the collaboration of the academy, the bench and the bar.
Dean Lewis currently chairs the ABA Standards Review Committee, which is engaged in a comprehensive review of the Standards of Accreditation for American law schools.
Dean Lewis has been active with the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools throughout his career. He served on the Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. He has also chaired the ABA Accreditation Committee, served on the AALS Accreditation Committee, and chaired or served as a member of over 20 ABA/AALS site evaluation teams.
Dean Lewis earned his bachelor’s degree in 1966 and law degree in 1969 from Duke University.