Cornell Law School appoints a new dean.
Jens David Ohlin was recently named as the dean of Cornell Law School. The appointment is effective, 1st July 2021, when he will become the 17th dean in the institution’s history. The appointment of David as Cornell Law School’s dean is not an accident. Before his inevitable promotion, he had been acting as the interim dean from January 2021. His position was approved by the Cornell Board of Trustees Executive Committee on 10th June 2021.
David’s predecessor had stepped down in December 2020 and is meant to be President of Seattle University effective 1st July 2021. He has a stellar educational background, having studied at Skidmore College before proceeding to Columbia University for further studies.
It is possible to conclude that David studying law was a lucky accident and what a great find he has been to the legal profession. He stated that he had been watching ethnic cleansing happening in Kosovo. At the time, he barely could afford air conditioning, so he stayed up all night watching ABC News. The sad scenes encouraged him to apply to law school.
Apart from studying, he has also contributed to legal academia through various publications, books, and articles. The publications range from IHL, PIL, criminal law, and criminal procedure. His recent publications include; Ohlin, Jens David, Criminal Law: Doctrine, Application, and Practice, Third Edition (Wolters Kluwer, 2021), and Ohlin, Jens David, International Law: Evolving Doctrine and Practice, Second Edition (Foundation Press, 2021).
David joined Cornell Law School faculty in 2008, where he has been ably teaching Criminal Law and Public International Law. He was destined to be appointed as the dean, having shown leadership skills at the school. Before his timely promotion, he was the vice dean for three years. He also served as an associate dean in charge of academic affairs and as a faculty research director.
In accepting the new mandate, David professed his undying love for the school and his colleagues and acknowledged the work that lay ahead. He has attained five degrees spanning between law and philosophy, which he credited to have given him appropriate experience in managing Cornell Law School.
David also acknowledged the role played by his predecessor, Eduardo Peñalver, like easing the student debt burden, launching new Master’s programs, recruiting staff, and other related activities. David noted that he also has to stamp his authority by introducing environmental and election laws as modules.
The choice of choosing environmental law and electoral laws was a deliberate choice by David. He noted that the areas have extensive legal research and that teaching them would also serve as a corporate social responsibility to the public and the community.
Provost Michael I. Kotlikoff acknowledged that David would be a great asset to Cornell Law School. He made the observations while noting that David was a reputable scholar who had demonstrable leadership skills on account of his previous positions at the school.
As Cornell Law School is in transition, the choice in replacing Eduardo Peñalver with Jens David Ohlin was well thought out. As he embarks on his new role, he is sure to keep elevating Cornell Law School.