Indiana Tech Selects Law School Dean

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Indiana Tech has named Charles Cercone law school dean. He currently serves as dean of faculty at the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School. November 25, 2014

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Indiana Tech has chosen Charles P. Cercone as the dean of the university's law school, which opened in August 2013 on Indiana Tech's main campus in Fort Wayne.

Cercone will officially begin his duties as dean on January 5, 2015. He currently serves as dean of faculty at Western Michigan University's Thomas M. Cooley Law School, a position he has held since 2003. Cercone first joined Cooley Law School in 1996 as professor of law, and has also served as acting dean of students during his tenure there.

"Dean Cercone brings a long and successful track record in strategic planning, curriculum development and support for student success to his role here at Indiana Tech Law School," said Dr. Arthur E. Snyder, Indiana Tech president. "His experience and skills will enable us to continue building on the strong foundation we’ve established for our law school."

"As we look ahead to Dean Cercone joining our team, I'd also like to express my deep gratitude to Interim Dean dr? cummings for his work in leading the law school these last several months," Snyder continued. "Dean cummings and the law faculty and staff achieved much in welcoming our second strong class of law students, in preparing an effective and exhaustive self-study for ABA accreditation, and in hosting the ABA's site team on their accreditation visit in September. Dean cummings will remain part of the law school team as vice dean and professor of law."

In addition to his education background, Cercone has extensive practice experience, having worked at several of the most prestigious law firms in the U.S. prior to his career in legal education. Cercone has practiced law with Buchanan Ingersoll Professional Corporation in Buffalo, NY; Wilkie Farr & Gallagher in New York, NY; Bingham McCutchen, LLP in Boston, MA; and Dewey Ballantine in New York, NY. His practice areas included Environmental Compliance and Litigation, General Litigation Defense, Corporate and Tax Law.

"I'm honored to be chosen as dean of Indiana Tech Law School," Cercone said. "The faculty and staff are an outstanding team who in a short time have established the law school as a place for top-quality, practice-based education for students. I look forward being a part of such a promising, progressive new school."

"Dean Cercone brings to our law school important skills and experience that will enable us to continue our strong momentum in building an exceptional experiential program," noted cummings. "Our goal to deliver legal education in a unique and impactful way will benefit from his knowledge and talents."

Cercone is a member of the American Bar Association and holds bar admissions with the State of New York, State of Michigan, Federal Courts in Michigan and New York, and the United States Supreme Court. He has served as Vice Chair of the Board of the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing since 2009, and on the Board of Directors of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, also since 2009. Cercone earned a B.A. in History from Williams College, and his J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law.

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Source: Indiana Tech