School of Law welcomes new dean Mark Niles

(July 6, 2010) Mark Niles, an outstanding legal scholar and experienced academic leader, has officially started his tenure as dean at Seattle University School of Law.

Niles has visited Seattle several times, meetingMark Niles with faculty, staff, university officials, Interim Dean Annette Clark, students, alumni and members of the legal community.

"With every visit, I learned more about this remarkable law school and the people it draws to its student body, faculty and administration," Niles said. "I could not be more enthusiastic about the opportunity to help lead one of the most highly regarded and well-respected law schools in the nation. I am grateful for the warm reception I have received from the law school community."

Niles joined the law school from American University, Washington College of Law, where he was associate dean for academic affairs and professor. He teaches and specializes in civil procedure, administrative law, constitutional law, governmental liability, and law and literature.
"Dean Niles stood out among an exceptional group of finalists and a large pool of applicants as the right person to lead the School of Law on its upward trajectory as one of the nation's premier independent law schools," said President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. "He shares a commitment to academic excellence, social justice and diversity that are hallmarks of the education provided by Seattle University."

Dean Niles has published numerous articles and essays on subjects including the Ninth Amendment, federal tort liability, airline security regulation, the first decade of the tenure of Justice Clarence Thomas, and the depiction of law and justice in American popular culture. As associate dean, he has spearheaded significant developments in the first-year curriculum and in academic skills instruction.

Earlier in his career, Dean Niles served as a clerk for the Honorable Francis Murnaghan, Jr., of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, as an associate at the D.C. firm of Hogan and Hartson, and as a staff attorney in the civil appellate division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he argued cases in several federal circuit courts. He serves as the Reporter for the Maryland Civil Pattern Jury Instructions Committee of the Maryland State Bar Association. He is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Wesleyan University.

Students studying in front of Sullivan Hall