Alfred (Fred) C. Aman, Jr., former law school dean at Indiana University – Bloomington, and an internationally known scholar and director of the Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study, will become dean of Suffolk University Law School, effective
July 1, 2007.
Aman’s appointment was announced by Suffolk University President David J. Sargent.
“Alfred Aman brings to Suffolk University Law School a breadth of knowledge and experience and a deep commitment to the values and principles upon which the Law School was founded,” said President Sargent. “He endorses the Law School’s history of providing access to excellence and is strongly dedicated to continuing the advancement of the day and evening divisions. His appointment is particularly significant in that it takes place during our Centennial year.”
“I feel honored to be joining Suffolk University, with its distinguished faculty, ambitious students and superb resources,” said Aman. "From my visits to Suffolk, I have a strong sense of this community's energy and commitment to preparing lawyers for the opportunities and demands of the 21st century -- and for the challenges of advancing the great work of this law school’s first one hundred years. I am thrilled to be joining the school at this point in its history.”
Aman will succeed Dean Robert H. Smith. During Dean Smith’s eight years of service, the Law School has enhanced clinical and practice skills courses, initiated graduate and international programs, and increased support for faculty scholarship. Following a sabbatical, Smith will return to teaching, focusing on constitutional law and mediation.
Aman is currently the Roscoe C. O’Byrne Professor of Law at Indiana University – Bloomington, where he served as law school dean from 1991 to 2002. He was a member of the Cornell Law School faculty from 1977 to 1991, has held a Distinguished Fulbright Chair in Trento, Italy, and visiting professorships in England, France and Italy.
The most recent of his five books in the legal field is The Democracy Deficit: Taming Globalization through Law Reform (NYU Press, 2004).
Before beginning his academic career, Aman was an associate at the Atlanta and Washington, D.C., offices of Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan and was law clerk to the Hon. Elbert P. Tuttle of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.
Aman earned an A.B. with distinction in Political Science from the University of Rochester and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
He is married to Carol Greenhouse, professor of anthropology at Princeton University.