Connie Mayer, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, will serve as interim president and dean of Albany Law School effective July 1, 2011, when Thomas F. Guernsey steps down after nine years as president and dean. 
Dean Mayer served in this capacity three years ago when Dean Guernsey took a semester-long sabbatical.  “We are pleased that Dean Mayer will once again serve as interim dean,” said Board of Trustee Chair Mary Ann Cody McGinn.  “She proved to us that she can seamlessly step into that position, without disruption, and continue to advance the mission of Albany Law School.” 

Mayer is expected to serve in the new position until the ongoing search results in a permanent president.  “The board will continue its search for a new president, and is currently reviewing candidates,” said Cody McGinn. “The person to lead Albany Law School into its next era is a very important decision.  While we would like to have someone in place for the fall semester, we are more concerned with hiring the right person with the right leadership qualities.”

Dean Mayer practiced law with East Texas Legal Services and subsequently worked in a private criminal and civil law practice.  She joined the faculty of Albany Law School in 1986.  She was formerly the director of the Disabilities Law Clinic (1986-1992), the AIDS/HIV Law Clinic (1992-1996), and the Clinical Legal Studies Program (1992-2001).  She earned her B.A. at Eastern Illinois University, her M.A. at the University at Albany, and her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center.  Her scholarship is largely focused on health care and disability issues.

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