Oct. 8, 2014 -- Marcilynn A. Burke, a long-time professor at the Law Center who served a stint in Washington, D.C., as a presidential appointee to the U.S. Department of the Interior, has been tapped by Dean Leonard M. Baynes to serve as the school’s associate dean.
“Marcilynn is an exceptional teacher and a highly qualified administrator forged by her successful tenure in two high-level presidential appointments in Washington,” said Baynes. “She is highly regarded by her colleagues, and I will rely on her advice and support as we work with the faculty to chart the future course of the Law Center.”
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with Dean Baynes and the Law Center’s faculty, senior administrators, staff, students, and alumni to help write the next great chapter of the Law Center,” Burke said.
“My recent government leadership experience — as the deputy director of the Bureau of Land Management and the acting assistant secretary for land and minerals management at the U.S. Department of the Interior — will serve me well as a member of the Baynes administration.”
As associate dean, Burke will provide overall administrative leadership for academic affairs, including curriculum development; scheduling; and hiring and supervising adjunct faculty. She will be responsible for furthering the development of the Law Center’s world-class academic program and for the ongoing planning, management, and assessment of the program. She also will support faculty members in their teaching, scholarship, and service.
The associate dean is a key member of the dean’s senior leadership team, responsible for policy development and strategic initiatives and their implementation. Burke will work collaboratively with faculty, other senior administrators, staff, students, and alumni to advance the mission of the Law Center.
Burke joined the Law Center in 2002 and teaches courses in property law, land use law, and federal natural resources law. After receiving tenure in 2009, she took a leave of absence until 2013 to serve at the U.S. Department of the Interior, where she began as the Bureau of Land Management’s deputy director for programs and policy. In 2011, President Barack Obama designated her as the acting assistant secretary for land and minerals management.
Burke received her bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her law degree from Yale Law School, where she was an editor for both the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism and the Yale Journal of International Law. After graduating from Yale, she clerked for the Honorable Raymond A. Jackson of the Eastern District of Virginia. Following her clerkship, she joined the Washington, D.C., office of Cleary Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.
Burke will serve as associate dean designate for the rest of the semester, working closely with the current associate dean, Lonny Hoffman, until he steps down at the end of the year. “I appreciate the opportunity to work with Lonny over the next few weeks so that I may hit the ground running in January,” she said.
“I also would like to thank Lonny for his passionate commitment and service to the Law Center,” Baynes said in announcing the change in leadership.