Dean Connie Mayer Stepping Down from Deanship Aug. 1, 2022

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After more than two decades in Albany Law School administration, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Connie Mayer will step down from her deanship on August 1, 2022.

“The Law School is moving in a positive direction on all fronts and it is a great time for someone new to take on the challenges and opportunities,” Mayer said. 

“In her role as academic dean, Connie Mayer has been central to so much of what we do at the law school.  She keeps us - the faculty - scheduled, organized, mentored, and trained. She ensures classes are covered, that our curriculum is forward looking, and that our students feel attended even through the worst of times,” said President and Dean Alicia Ouellette ’94 in a message to the law school community after the announcement. “Behind the scenes, she quietly and diplomatically ensures we meet our commitments, are taking care of one another, and that things get done. She simultaneously cares for our students, both by ensuring that academic excellence defines their law school experience, and by having the hard conversations when students face academic difficulty or dismissal and when students complain about their courses, the academic program, or their professors.”

“Quite simply, Connie is one of the hardest working, most effective, and compassionate people I have ever known,” Ouellette added.

Mayer joined the law faculty in 1986 as the Director of the Disabilities Law Clinic and continued in that capacity until 1992 when she became the Director of the Albany Law School Clinical Program - now known as The Justice Center at Albany Law School. She held various positions in the Justice Center until 2020. She also served as the Associate Dean for Student Affairs from 1999-2005 when she became the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Mayer, who is also the law school’s Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law, plans to return to full-time teaching in the fall.

“I have enjoyed working with you all and appreciate the support you have given me over the years,” Mayer said in a message to law school students, faculty, and staff. “I look forward to returning to full-time teaching in the fall and continuing to work to support our students and the law school.”