Martin H. Belsky to Return to Faculty Full Time


Martin H. Belsky, dean and Randolph Baxter Professor of Law, has announced his decision to not seek reappointment as dean of The University of Akron School of Law.

 In a message sent to UA School of Law alumni, Dean Belsky stated the following:

“On June 30, I will reach the end of my term as dean. Yesterday afternoon, I told the Provost that I will not be seeking reappointment as the dean of The University of Akron School of Law.  Over the past five years, I’ve enjoyed talking to many of you at various events and personal meetings both here in Akron and throughout our broad alumni network around the country.  We are proud of your successes and your membership in our Akron Law community. Your commitment to and affection for the law school, and assistance in developing ten alumni chapters, and an alumni board, contribute greatly to this school’s success. I’ve appreciated your comments and criticisms and I’ve enjoyed being your Dean. After completing my term as Dean, I will return to full-time teaching at the law school.  I look forward to continuing as a faculty member and seeing you at future events. This is an outstanding law school with a talented and impressive faculty and staff, loyal and active alumni, and interesting and challenging ‘alums in waiting.’”

Belsky began his career in 1969 as a prosecutor, and then chief prosecutor in Philadelphia. Beginning in 1975, he served both as counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives and as chief counsel to the Special House Committee on the Outer Continental Shelf (offshore drilling). From 1979 to 1982, he served first as deputy general counsel and then assistant administrator of the Federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Belsky began his academic career in 1982 as associate professor of law and director of the multi-disciplinary Center for Governmental Responsibility at the University of Florida. From 1986 to 1995, he served as dean and president and professor at Albany Law School. From 1995 to 2007, he served as dean and professor at the University of Tulsa College of Law. Dean Belsky joined The University of Akron School of Law in January 2008 as dean and Randolph Baxter Professor of Law. For Belsky’s complete bio, please visit here

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