Four finalists named for Dean of Law School
Candidate visits and open forums will take place March 23-29
Four finalists have been invited to visit campus for the School of Law deanship at the University of North Dakota. The new dean will replace current Dean Michael McGinniss, who has served since 2019 and has announced his intention to step down and return to the faculty.
Open forums begin March 23 and run through March 29. The schedule is below; Zoom links will be available soon. CVs are on the law dean search website.
- Brian A. Pappas, 12:05 – 1 p.m. March 23.
- Lumen “Lou” Mulligan, 12:05 – 1 p.m. March 24.
- Fareed Nassor Hayat, 12:05 – 1 p.m. March 28.
- Bradley Myers, 12:05 – 1 p.m. March 29.
The following biographical information was submitted by the candidates.
Fareed Nassor Hayat
Fareed Nassor Hayat is the Interim Senior Associate Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Law at City University New York School of Law. Dean Hayat is a first-generation high school graduate, college graduate and lawyer. He is the chair of the Academic Standing Committee, member of the Curriculum, Hiring, Personnel and Budget Committee and Senior Leadership Group at CUNY School of Law. Dean Hayat teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, lawyering and trial advocacy. Prior to joining the law faculty, Dean Hayat was the co-director of the Criminal Justice Clinic at Howard University School of Law. As a former public defender, Dean Hayat litigated thousands of criminal matters, demanded and won over 90% of his criminal trials on behalf of his clients. Dean Hayat currently co-chairs the New York area Law School Anti-Racist Consortium and is a member of the New York area Gang’s Coalition. He is published in Cincinnati Law Review, New Mexico Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Rutgers Law Review and has forthcoming articles in Washington Lee Law Review and Ohio State Law Review. Dean Hayat is a graduate of UCLA and Howard University School of Law.
Lumen “Lou” Mulligan
Raised in and around Kansas City; graduated from the University of Kansas B.A. with honors and distinction, University of Colorado M.A., and University of Michigan Law School magna cum laud. Clerked for then-Chief Judge of the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Deanell Reece Tacha. Worked both at a large law firm and founded a two-person firm before entering academia. Currently holds the Earl B. Shurtz research professorship, University of Kansas Law School. Five-time recipient of teaching awards given by the student body in the past 10 years. Serves in numerous leadership roles at KU Law including past associate dean, chair bar- passage initiative (KU Law’s 2021 first-time pass rate was 98.7%), and Black Law Students Association faculty advisor. Supervises KU Law’s two Medical-Legal Partnership Clinics, overseeing more than 1,150 annual indigent-client referrals across a host of poverty-law issues.
Engages in numerous leadership roles in the state, including Kansas Judicial Council-Civil Code Committee, board member Kansas’ Legal Aid, and legislative testimony. Prolific scholar, authoring or co-authoring 5 treatises and over 25 articles. Highly regarded voice, cited by the courts more than 100 times in 2021 alone, awarded the 2017 Civil Procedure Article of the Year by the American Association of Law Schools, and testified before the U.S. Judicial Conference. Continues an appellate and complex civil litigation since 2006. Selected by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly to defend COVID orders in state and federal court Represent high-profile clients on U.S. Supreme Court amicus briefs such as the New York City Pension Fund and law professors from across the country. Serves on national initiatives such as the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Leadership Institute-Judicial Initiative and the Council on Criminal Justice’s Veterans’ Justice Project.
Bradley Myers is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Administration and the Randy H. Lee Professor at the University of North Dakota School of Law. Professor Myers joined the faculty in 2001 and teaches Federal Income Taxation, Trusts & Estates, and Estate Planning. Professor Myers served as the School of Law’s Interim Dean for the 2018-19 academic year. In addition to his work at UND, Professor Myers has held positions in several state and national legal organizations. Governor John Hoeven appointed him one of North Dakota’s Commissioners to the Uniform Law Commission in 2007 and he has served on several drafting committees for uniform acts in the Trusts & Estates area. He became a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2016.
In 2017, the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel elected him as a fellow and he currently serves as the North Dakota State Chair. Professor Myers is a member of the ABA Real Property Trust & Estate Section and currently serves as the Uniform Laws Vice-Chair. Before settling in North Dakota, Professor Myers practiced law in the states of Nevada, California and Oregon, with his practice focused primarily in the tax, business and estate planning areas with a special focus on the issues surrounding the development of low-income housing. Professor Myers received BS and MS degrees in Kinesiology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He then spent two years at the University of California, Davis, doing post-graduate research in avian respiratory control. Professor Myers received his J.D. from the University of Oregon where he served on the editorial staff of the Oregon Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Professor Myers continued his training at New York University, earning an LL.M. in Taxation.
Brian A. Pappas
Brian Pappas, Ph.D., LL.M., J.D., is an inclusive academic administrator, faculty member, and mediator specializing in organizational development, collaboration, conflict management, and high impact experiential learning. Brian served from 2019 to 2022 as Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs at Eastern Michigan University where he oversaw recruitment, retention, policy development, tenure and promotion, collective bargaining, and conflict management for 750 instructional staff.
Previously Brian worked for ten years at Michigan State University’s College of Law as Clinical Professor, Associate Director of ADR, and Director of the Conflict Resolution Clinic. Brian developed innovative experiential programs, including training prison inmates to be peer mediators. Subsequently Brian served as faculty in Public Policy and Administration and directed Boise State University’s conflict management department. Brian increased student enrollments through innovative partnerships expanding experiential opportunities. Brian also taught a highly rated civic engagement course, titled “Navigating Difficult Conversations,” for one hundred freshman where students learned conflict managements skills and engaged in policy debates. In total, Brian’s teaching includes over eighty ADR, law, and public administration courses with an average instructor rating of 4.75/5.00. A frequent mediator and trainer, Brian also trained thousands of mediators in court, community, business, and government contexts.
Brian’s research examines formal and informal dispute systems and focuses on Title IX and dispute resolution. His nineteen published works appear in journals such as the Journal of Legal Education, the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, and Law & Society Review. A past State Bar of Michigan ADR Section Council Member, Brian received the 2013 George N. Bashara, Jr. Award for exemplary service. Currently Brian is the Chair-Elect of the American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution and serves on the Mindfulness in Law Society board. Brian is on sabbatical for Spring 2022 completing a multi-country Fulbright Research Grant in Denmark, Greece and Japan.