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Dean Andrew Perlman

Whether it’s serving as one of the key leaders on the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services, developing a new curriculum to prepare law students for the 21st-century marketplace, or partnering on a legal technology audit for attorneys, Andrew Perlman, the new dean, has his eye on the future—one where Suffolk Law graduates are remaking the field. The national media is taking notice, with coverage in the Washington Post, National Law Journal, and ABA Journal, among others.


Professor Perlman became the dean of Suffolk University Law School on August 1, 2015. Perlman, a Suffolk Law faculty member and founding director of its Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation and the related Legal Technology and Innovation Concentration, is a nationally recognized voice on the future of legal education and law practice.

Both in his academic role and in his service to the profession, he has focused on the use of technology to increase access to legal services and to help students adapt to a changing legal market. That effort has drawn the attention of media outlets across the country, including a top-10 ranking for the school’s law technology program in the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Today magazine.

He was recently appointed by ABA President William Hubbard to serve as the vice chair of the new ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services, which is examining how to improve the public’s access to legal services. “Andy Perlman brings top-level leadership to the Suffolk deanship,” said Hubbard. “He is both creative and practical. He has a vision for the future of legal services; he executes with clarity and precision; and he will lead Suffolk Law in a way that prepares its graduates to be innovative and highly successful and valued counselors to their clients.”

As the chief reporter of the ABA’s Commission on Ethics 20/20, Perlman played a key role in drafting amendments to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct—rules that respond to changes in technology and increased globalization. Perlman is an honors graduate of Yale College, received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an LL.M. from Columbia Law School. He has taught at Boston University School of Law, Columbia Law School and Harvard College. His scholarship has appeared in some of the nation’s leading law reviews, and he is the co-author of a civil procedure casebook that has been adopted at more than 70 law schools.

His other professional activities have included serving as the 2014 chair of the 800-member Professional Responsibility Section of the Association of American Law Schools. He also serves on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct and argued on the committee’s behalf before that court.