NEWTOWN, Pa., April 11 /CNW/ -- Daniel O. Bernstine, who has been
President of Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, for the last
decade, will be the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Law
School Admission Council (LSAC) starting July 1, 2007. President Bernstine was
Dean of the University of Wisconsin Law School from 1990 to 1997.
LSAC, whose members include law schools across the United States and
Canada, owns the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and administers a wide array
of admission services for law school applicants. LSAC is a leader in
encouraging members of underrepresented groups to attend law school and become
lawyers. LSAC also funds extensive social science research on law and legal
institutions. LSAC's headquarters are in Newtown, Pennsylvania.
President Bernstine has been a tremendously effective and celebrated dean
and president. He has helped grow Portland State University into the largest
university in the state, increasing its impact in Oregon, the nation, and the
world. An attorney and an expert on courts and higher education, Bernstine is
the author of three books and numerous scholarly articles. He is a graduate of
the University of California at Berkeley and the Northwestern University
School of Law. He also holds a graduate law degree from the University of
Wisconsin and honorary degrees from universities in Russia, Japan, Korea, and
Peru. As Dean of the Wisconsin Law School, Bernstine was renowned for his
administrative ability, dedication to students, and extraordinary faculty
recruitment. Dean Bernstine commenced his legal career at the United States
Department of Labor and has served as General Counsel of Howard University,
where he was also a professor and Interim Dean of Howard University School of
President Bernstine has extensive leadership experience with the National
Conference of Bar Examiners, including drafting and reviewing test questions.
"Dan Bernstine is the right leader for LSAC," said Kent Syverud, Dean at
Washington University in St. Louis School of Law and Chair of the LSAC Board
of Trustees. "He brings great wisdom about undergraduate education, law
schools, and the practicing bar, as well as a proven track record of success
as a manager and academic leader." Bernstine was selected from scores of
candidates by the LSAC Board after a lengthy search process.
"I'm looking forward to joining the LSAC, which has a tremendous impact
on all law students and the legal profession in the United States and Canada,"
Bernstine said. "I will miss my colleagues and friends at Portland State, and
I thank them all for our successes in moving the University forward."
Bernstine succeeds Dean Philip Shelton, who will retire in June after 14
years as LSAC President. Shelton, who came to the LSAC Presidency from a
deanship at Mercer University School of Law, greatly expanded LSAC programs
and resources, emphasizing the importance of access to the legal profession
for students from a wide array of backgrounds.
For further information:
For further information: James Vaseleck, Executive Assistant to the
President of Law School Admission Council, (215) 968-1140, (215) 499-0925
(mobile), jvaseleck@LSAC.org; Web Site: http://www.lsac.org,