Gregory Mark, the newly appointed dean of DePaul University College of Law, will make several visits to the school before assuming the deanship this July. He plans to meet with law school faculty and staff during his visits, as he continues to shape his vision for the college.
“It is enormously important for the law school to be an integral part of the intellectual life of the entire university,” said Mark. “The law school should play a part in all of the university’s constituent communities, which are global. It’s also important that our law students understand that they are joining a law community that goes back nearly a century.”
Mark currently serves as vice dean, professor of law and the Justice Nathan L. Jacobs Scholar at Rutgers University School of Law in Newark, N.J. He was selected to lead the College of Law following a national search by a committee that included law school faculty, a staff representative and a student representative, and was led by attorney and DePaul trustee Gery Chico.
Almost two decades as a law professor
A noted legal historian with extensive experience in academia, administration and the professional world, Mark has nearly 20 years’ experience as a law professor. He also has been a member of the graduate faculty in history at Rutgers and has served as a teaching fellow in the history department at Harvard University.
Prior to his career in academia, Mark served as associate counsel for the Office of Independent Counsel in the Iran-Contra affair. In that role, he helped develop a successful case against Duane Clarridge, a former high ranking official of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Clarridge later received a presidential pardon. Mark also led a project on foreign intelligence and national security concerns in the prosecution of government officials and acted as liaison to the White House Counsel’s Office, the U.S. Senate, the National Security Agency and the CIA (1988-93).
Mark earned a bachelor’s degree from Butler University and a master’s degree in history from Harvard University. No stranger to Chicago, Mark earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was articles editor for the law review. After graduating, he clerked for Judge Bruce M. Selya of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in 1988 and 1989.
“My wife and I love Chicago, and we are eager to get back to what my daughter calls the ‘golden city,’” said Mark. “My last visit reminded me of the Chicago I knew when I was in law school. It was zero degrees and windy.”
Source: DePaul Newsline.