Leadership and Strategy

Leadership and Strategy

Letter from the Dean

August 1, 2020

Today I step into the role of interim dean of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. I am honored and excited to embark upon this next adventure. Though these are the most complicated times I have experienced during my 22 years at the Law School, I know that the strength and dedication of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni will allow us to navigate the challenges ahead and continue to do great things.

As we head into the new academic year, I am focused on three key priorities: 

Keeping our community healthy

The health and safety of our community is my top priority. We are planning for another robust year, including as much on-campus activity as possible as we observe critically important health protocols. 

Delivering the same high-quality educational experience that Northwestern Pritzker Law has always provided

Our students’ experience this year will look different than in the past, with a combination of remote and in-person learning. Our exceptional faculty have spent the summer preparing to engage students in enriching and rigorous academic experiences remotely. Similarly, our Student Services and Office of Inclusion & Engagement teams are developing a broad range of co-curricular and community engagement activities to foster a sense of community despite the unusual circumstances. I am confident that the overall educational experience will, although new in form, exhibit all the hallmarks of Northwestern Law’s excellence.

Building a culture where all members feel valued, welcomed, and respected

As I take on the role of dean, I want to express my commitment to creating a community premised on and dedicated to anti-racism and fundamental principles of inclusion. We must work to create a community that fully embodies our values, but we are committed to working with expediency and urgency.

In addition to the priorities outlined here, I am confident that Northwestern Pritzker Law will also continue its traditions of great research, cutting edge clinical work, innovative programs, and commitment to community and the profession.

It is a great privilege to step into this role and work with the exceptional Northwestern Pritzker Law community to further our mission of educating the next generation of scholars, advocates and activists. 

–  Interim Dean Jim Speta