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Allard named founding dean of Jacksonville University College of Law

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The university will install a team of leaders to establish a student-centered culture and 'support smart growth' in the early years of the college

Nicholas W. Allard

Nicholas W. Allard

Jacksonville University July 19 named Nicholas W. Allard the founding dean of its fledgling law school.

A graduate of Princeton, Oxford, and Yale Law School, and a Rhodes Scholar, Allard is currently senior counsel at the Dentons law firm.

He served as dean and concurrently as president at Brooklyn Law School (2014-18), where he also has been a tenured professor. During his time there, he launched several initiatives designed to make legal education more affordable, accessible, and valuable.

“Nick Allard is a world-class legal scholar and administrator, who is widely recognized and respected as both a thought leader and an educator,” said Jacksonville University President Tim Cost. “Jacksonville University is honored to welcome him as founding dean of our college of law, where he will have a tremendous impact on shaping the next generation of legal minds.”

Before joining Brooklyn Law School in 2012, Allard chaired the public policy department and the government advocacy practice group at Patton Boggs in Washington, D.C. His clients included domestic and global startups, Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, and public and private universities. Prior to joining Patton Boggs, he was a partner at Latham & Watkins, where he helped establish the firm’s global government relations group.

“The opportunity to serve as Jacksonville University’s founding law dean offers a platform like no other to share my passion for law and the honorable profession and put my experience and relationships to good use,” Allard said. “I look forward to building upon years of preparation led by President Cost, the encouragement and support of Jacksonville, and working synergistically across disciplines with the university’s vibrant community of scholars and teachers. Our goal is for the college of law to be in the vanguard of providing students outstanding, forward-looking preparation and practical training for future success and service.”

Allard also has held several leadership positions as a Rhodes Scholar alumnus. For more than two decades he has served on and led a district Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee. He is the president of Oxford University’s Merton College Charitable Corporation and is an elected member of the college’s alumni board, the Merton Society.

“We are progressing at a healthy pace to enroll our first class of students in the Jacksonville University College of Law, which will begin classes on August 8,” said President Cost. “At the same time, we are moving forward very deliberately with a leadership team of talented, diverse educators and administrators who will model our university’s values and our student-centered culture. Fortunately, Jacksonville University benefits from a substantial roster of legal scholars currently on our campus.”

Joining Dean Allard in the role of vice dean is Margaret Dees, a Jacksonville University alumnus and cabinet member who most recently served as the senior vice president of economic development & external engagement, advocating for the university with elected officials and driving public and private economic investment that benefits the university and the broader community. Dees earned her JD from the University of Florida and served as senior counsel at Holland & Knight.

Dr. Courtney Barclay will oversee Academic Affairs within the college. She is an associate professor in the communication department, who also earned her J.D. from UF along with a B.S. in Public Relations, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in mass communication. Supporting the needs of law students as assistant dean of Student Development & Practice is Katie Griggs. Most recently, Griggs worked as program manager for the Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute. She received her J.D. from Florida State University College of Law.

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