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Mike Marin named acting dean

We are pleased to announce that Michael Marin has been named acting dean of UNB Law. Mike succeeds John Kleefeld, who has served as dean since 2017, and who will continue as a faculty member.

“John served as dean during a pivotal time of renewal in our Faculty,” said Marin. “He has worked very hard over the last three years and we are grateful for his service to UNB Law.”

During his tenure as dean, UNB Law has hired several new faculty and staff. These hires have been positive additions to the team, positioning UNB Law for further success.

Mike is looking forward to his new role as acting dean and recognizes the particularly challenging circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is a strange time to be assuming a leadership role within a University, but I know we will do some very positive things despite these challenges. Our faculty and staff work really well together and are committed to the success of UNB Law and the students. I have every confidence that we will find ways to thrive and move forward with our agenda to revitalize the Faculty.”

The first step will be initiating the implementation of the UNB Law’s new strategic plan, which was unanimously approved at every level of the University. Mike served as chair of the strategic planning committee that was struck in the fall of 2018 and included alumna Janet Hoyt, Professor Hilary Young, Head Law Librarian Cathy Cotter, and third-year student Fahim Rahman.

“Our mandate was to develop a plan for the future of UNB Law. We needed to rediscover our identity and make it relevant for the 21st century. We followed a very inclusive process that engaged all of our stakeholders, and it was inspiring to see how involved our alumni were.”

In response to its alumni survey, the committee received almost 200 detailed written responses providing candid feedback, advice, and ideas regarding UNB Law’s program. This input was critical in shaping the overall plan.

“For the first time in decades, we have a strategic plan that outlines an academic vision for the faculty in terms of programming and initiatives. We also have a financial plan for implementing our vision, which was unanimously approved by the Board of Governors. I’m very proud that our Faculty was able to come together and agree on who we are, where we want to go, and how we are going to get there.”

Over the next 12 months, UNB Law intends to share the details of its plan with key stakeholders. Implementation of new programming will also begin with the development of a legal clinic and a graduate program in law. Committees have been struck to design these initiatives with the goal of implementation in the next 12 to 24 months.

Mike plans to spend the summer months connecting with UNB Law alumni to build and strengthen relationships.

“I want to talk directly to as many alumni as I can. I want to know what they are doing, what they like about UNB Law, and what they think we can improve upon. As we start implementing our plan, it’s really important to me that we keep our whole community on board and that our direction continues to reflect the aspirations of our graduates.”

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