New York, N.Y. (February 29, 2012) — Anthony W. Crowell, Counselor to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Public Library, has been named the 16th Dean and President of New York Law School by unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees, announced Arthur N. Abbey ’59, Chair of the Board. Crowell joins the faculty as Professor of Law and Distinguished Practitioner and officially takes office later this spring.
“We are delighted that Anthony is joining New York Law School as President and Dean at this pivotal time,” Abbey said. “His vision, intelligence, and energy make him the perfect leader for New York Law School. Anthony is ideally suited to maximize our strengths, including an innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, and state-of-the-art building. He will inspire our students, faculty, and alumni and bring us recognition as a vanguard law school for the 21st century.”
“Anthony Crowell is someone I’ve trusted with an extraordinary amount of responsibility over the past decade, because his legal and policy acumen are matched only by his management expertise and knowledge of city government,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “He has been an integral part of our City Hall team, shaping and implementing almost all of our Administration’s key initiatives. I could always count on Anthony to deliver straight-shooting analysis, sound advice and creative solutions – no matter what the issue. New York Law School has been a valuable part of the city’s legal and academic landscape for more than 120 years, and they have made an outstanding decision in selecting Anthony Crowell to lead the school into the future.”
“Having taught at New York Law School for nine years, I am deeply impressed by the quality and commitment of its students and their passion for learning and have watched with great admiration the School’s remaking of its entire curriculum, especially in the first year, to give students training in the real-life practice of law,” said Crowell. “I look forward to working with the students, faculty, staff, and alumni to further the Law School’s mission, build on its strong legacy, and realize its promising future,” he said. Since 2003, Crowell has been an adjunct professor at New York Law School, teaching a seminar on New York City law.
Crowell’s vast responsibilities in the Bloomberg Administration include managing a broad portfolio of legal, regulatory, legislative, governance, administrative, and operational matters focused on enhancing New York City’s performance, competitiveness, accountability, and public integrity. He also provides coordination and oversight of City agencies, boards, and commissions, and spearheads government reform efforts and business process re-engineering initiatives.
Prior to his appointment as Counselor, Crowell served as Special Counsel to the Mayor from 2002 to 2006. In addition, he has served as an executive director, counsel, or commissioner with six City Charter Revision Commissions.
From 1997 to 2002, Crowell served as Assistant Corporation Counsel in the New York City Law Department’s Tax & Condemnation and Legal Counsel Divisions where he advised on constitutional questions and the legality of disputed policy issues, handled complex litigation, and drafted legislation and regulations for the Mayor and City agencies. In 2001, he directed the City’s World Trade Center Death Certificate Program, and was counsel at the City’s Family Assistance Center, aiding families of victims of the 9-11 attacks. Crowell is a recipient of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Outstanding Municipal Attorney Award.
Before joining the Corporation Counsel, Crowell worked in Washington, D.C., at the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) from 1992 to 1997, where he managed government affairs and policy and assisted in the preparation of amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court in cases concerning state and local governments.
He was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Public Library in 2009; from 2006 to 2009 he served as Vice-Chair of the 29-member Board of Trustees. Crowell was appointed to the Board in 2003 by Mayor Bloomberg. Brooklyn Public Library is the nation’s fifth largest library system, the City’s ninth largest cultural institution, and Brooklyn’s largest not-for-profit organization. It has 1400 employees, 60 neighborhood branches, and an annual budget of $100,000,000.
Crowell received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied urban policy, and a J.D. from American University. He is a member of the bars of New York and New Jersey.
Crowell succeeds Richard A. Matasar, who was Dean and President of New York Law School from 2000 to 2011. Carol A. Buckler will continue to act as Interim Dean until Crowell takes office.
About New York Law School
Founded in 1891, New York Law School is an independent law school located in lower Manhattan near the city’s centers of law, government, and finance. New York Law School’s renowned faculty of prolific scholars has built the School’s strength in such areas as constitutional law, civil and human rights, labor and employment law, media and information law, tax law, real estate and urban legal studies, international law, financial services and regulation, and a number of interdisciplinary fields. The School is noted for its nine academic centers: Center on Business Law & Policy, Center on Financial Services Law, Center for International Law, Center for New York City Law, Center for Professional Values and Practice, Center for Real Estate Studies, Diane Abbey Law Center for Children and Families, Institute for Information Law & Policy, and Justice Action Center. New York Law School has more than 13,000 graduates and currently enrolls some 1,350 full-time students and 400 part-time students in its J.D. program and its four advanced degree programs in financial services law, real estate, tax, and mental disability law studies. www.nyls.edu
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Statements from Members of the New York City Law Department:
"New York Law School could not have selected a better person than Anthony Crowell as its new Dean. The school has a rich and respected reputation in the New York legal community, and Anthony -- whose dedication to New York City is unmatched -- is a perfect fit, particularly at a time when the challenges and changes law schools must face are becoming increasingly difficult. Anthony's years of serving Mayor Bloomberg as Counselor, and his previous role working at the New York City Law Department, gave us a clear view of Anthony's talent, profound legal abilities, and ability to implement change and get things done. I cannot imagine a better choice, and I'm highly honored to call Anthony both an esteemed colleague and my good friend."
— Michael A. Cardozo, Corporation Counsel, NYC Law Department
"I'm honored to have worked closely with Anthony Crowell at the New York City Law Department. Anthony displayed his talent quickly as a young Assistant Corporation Counsel and later leapt at the chance to embrace the challenges and intricacies of City Halll. In my 40-plus years here, I have found Anthony to be one of the most capable individuals to work in New York City law -- he is astute, motivated, savvy and altruistic. I have continued to work with him in his role as a trusted advisor to Mayor Bloomberg, and he has made valuable contributions in many areas. I would single out for special note his work on ethics and lobbying reform and campaign finance. Anthony's departure will be a loss to the City, but New York Law School has a lot to gain from the energy and innovation that Anthony is sure to bring to his new position."
— Jeffrey D. Friedlander, First Assistant Corporation Counsel
"I had the pleasure of working with Anthony Crowell in the Legal Counsel Division for several years. When Anthony arrived in Legal Counsel, he impressed all of us immediately with his legal acumen, desire to succeed and work ethic. He always collaborated well with his colleagues, put in long hours on important matters, and always kept his focus on what he could achieve for the public good. Anthony worked on a host of complicated issues, and honed his sharp expertise in all issues relating to City governance. Having shared these talents with Mayor Bloomberg and the people of New York, it's exciting to think he'll be shaping young legal minds at New York Law School for years to come."
— Stephen Louis, Chief, Legal Counsel Division
"I was deputy chief of this division when Anthony worked here. I was impressed not only by Anthony's devotion to his work, but his ability to grasp complicated legal issues. He was always a total joy with whom to work, and he was a valuable asset to everyone. Anthony has gone on to a storied and illustrious career in City government -- and New York Law School is very lucky to have him. We will miss him profoundly."
— Rita D. Dumain, Chief, Tax & Bankruptcy Litigation Division (formerly Tax & Condemnation Division)