March 06, 2013
Jessica Ciccone

The Honorable Michael Wolff Selected as Dean of School of Law

Following a national search, the Honorable Michael Wolff has been selected as the new dean for Saint Louis University School of Law, effective immediately. A current SLU LAW faculty member, Wolff brings an established record of leadership to his new role, having served 13 years on the Missouri Supreme Court and as its Chief Justice from 2005-2007.

Michael Wolff, J.D.

"As a longtime member of the Saint Louis University community, Dean Wolff is dedicated to the mission of our School of Law and to ensuring that its mission remains at the heart of the outstanding legal education we provide to our students," said Saint Louis University President Lawrence Biondi, S.J. "With his distinguished career and his outstanding reputation in the legal community and beyond, he will be an excellent ambassador for the law school as it moves forward into a new era of excellence."

Wolff returned to SLU LAW as a faculty member in 2011 after having served on the Missouri Supreme Court since 1998. In addition to his judicial duties, he served as chair of the Missouri Sentencing Commission. For 23 years prior to his appointment to the court, Wolff served as an assistant, associate and full professor at SLU LAW where his recent course concentrations included civil procedure, state constitutional law and legal profession. Wolff received his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and his J.D. cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School.

"The landscape of legal education is changing, and SLU LAW is at the forefront. We have such a vibrant student body, talented faculty, dedicated staff and supportive alumni community," said Wolff. "I look forward to moving the school downtown and integrating the educational experience of the students with the legal community, which will serve a vital role in our education and justice mission."

Presently, Wolff chairs the law school's Building Committee, where he has played a leadership role in the development of a state-of-the-art facility for learning, teaching and practicing the law. The renovated building at 100 N. Tucker Blvd. will provide students the highest quality legal education possible while positioning the school to remain competitive well into the future.

In 2007 Wolff was named "Lawyer of the Year" by Missouri Lawyers Weekly and also received The Missouri Bar's Judicial Excellence Award. During his tenure on the Supreme Court he launched a series of columns which were distributed to newspapers throughout the state by the Missouri Press Association. The columns, called "Law Matters" discussed a range of issues related to Missouri's courts and the legal system. His love for the written word can be attributed to his time as a general assignment reporter and copy editor for the Minneapolis Star (now the Star Tribune), where he worked while attending law school full time. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and legal writings.

Today's announcement represents the culmination of an intensive search process led by the law school's Dean Search Committee. After a select group of candidates were invited for on-campus interviews, the committee held small- and large-group meetings with students, faculty and staff to meet the candidates. These groups later provided feedback to the committee that was used to develop a recommendation on finalists to the University administration, which formally appoints the new dean.


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