Scott Norberg has assumed the position of the Deputy Consultant on Legal Education effective August 15, 2011. Norberg follows Dan Freehling who held the position over the past five years. Other legal educators who served as Deputy were Tom Read, Art Gaudio, Richard Hurt, Barry Currier, and Stephen Yandle.
Norberg comes to the Section from Florida International University College of Law, where he was on the faculty for the past 10 years. While at FIU he served for four years as the founding associate dean for academic affairs. From 1999 to 2001 he was a visiting professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law. He began his academic career at Mississippi College School of Law, where he also served a stint as associate dean for academic affairs. Norberg has taught commercial law subjects, and published numerous articles in the area of bankruptcy law.
Involved in the accreditation project for more than 12 years, Norberg has served on 10 site teams, including three as chair, and as a special fact finder. He has also served as the AALS representative on several site teams. For the past three years he was a member of the Section’s Questionnaire Committee.
When asked about assuming the position of deputy consultant, Norberg mentioned a number of factors that led him to the ABA:
“I jumped when I saw the job announcement for the deputy position. I have greatly enjoyed my work as a volunteer in the accreditation project over the years, and learned a lot from it. In particular, the deans, judges, practitioners, faculty members who give their time to the project are great to work with. The tasks of serving on a team or committee require significant time and talent. I think that people who volunteer that kind of time and talent tend to be wonderful to work with. Likewise, the staff in the Consultant’s office is outstanding: smart, thoughtful, knowledgeable and hard working.
This is a very interesting time for legal education. The issues are large: comprehensive review of standards, the costs of legal education, student debt loads and changes in the employment market. I am very excited to be here and look forward to the work ahead.”