Elizabeth Reilly Appointed Interim Dean of Akron Law


Elizabeth Reilly, vice provost for academic planning and C. Blake McDowell Jr. Professor of Law has accepted the position of interim dean, School of Law, an action approved yesterday by the Board of Trustees. She will begin her new administrative role July 1.

“As you know, Professor Reilly has served as vice provost since July 2011, facilitating reporting and implementation for Vision 2020, internationalization, facilities planning and new market learning initiatives. Her leadership experience as the former associate dean of academic affairs for the School of Law and in her current position as vice provost will position her to bring trans-institutional perspective for aligning the activities of the School of Law with Vision 2020,” says Provost W. Mike Sherman. “Please join me in thanking Dean Belsky for his leadership over the past five years. For his future plans, Dean Belsky will be returning to full-time teaching. The position of Dean of the School of Law is an important role to fill, and I believe that Professor Reilly will continue to build upon the School’s strengths in the coming year.”

Reilly began her academic career in 1980 as an adjunct professor at Akron Law and joined the faculty full time in 1984. From 1995 - 2009, Reilly served as associate dean. She has taught Torts, Lawyers as Leaders and Sexual Orientation and the Law. Her research focuses on the intersections between individual and collective interests in areas such as reproductive choice, gender identity, juvenile justice, tort duties and damages, and the religion clauses. She is the author of numerous articles, including "Radical Tweak - Relocating the Power to Assign Sex," 12 Cardozo J. L. & Gender 297 (2005) and "The ‘Jurisprudence of Doubt': How the Premises of the Supreme Court's Abortion Jurisprudence Undermine Procreative Liberty," 14 Journal of Law and Politics 757 (1998). She is the editor of and a contributor to Infinite Hope and Finite Disappointment: The Story of the First Interpreters of the 14th Amendment, published by the University of Akron Press in 2011.

Reilly presents regularly at academic and professional conferences and groups. In 2004, she received one of two Outstanding Teacher Scholar Awards from the University. Prior to joining Akron Law, Reilly was an attorney and counselor of law for Whitaker & Reilly, where her emphasis was on criminal and personal injury litigation, both trial and appellate. She has been a member of the Akron Bar Board of Trustees and the Ohio Supreme Court's Rules Advisory Committee, as well as former chair of the Juvenile Rules Subcommittee. Reilly has served on the Ohio State Bar Association Council of Delegates, Juvenile Justice Committee, and Section on Women in the Profession Board of Governors.  She is a current member of the Association of American Law Schools Executive Committee of the Section on Legal History, and has been a member of the AALS Section on Education Law Committee. Reilly plays an active role at The University of Akron. She was chair of the President's Commission on Equity, and served on numerous task forces for the President and Provost, including the Diversity Committee, the RTP Task Force, the Academic Salary Affairs Task Force, the Program Review Task Force, and the Institute for Teaching and Learning Advisory Committee. A member of the first class of women to attend Princeton University, she majored in English Language and Literature, and was graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Reilly received her J.D. at The University of Akron School of Law in 1978, where she was first in the class.

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