The Standards Review Committee is charged with reviewing proposed changes in or additions to Standards, Interpretations, Rules, Policies, Procedures, and Criteria for approval of law schools. Proposed changes are referred to the committee by the Council for its review and recommendations.
2017-2018 Standards Review Committee
Glen Arbor, Michigan
Pamela Lysaght retired in 2015 from the faculty at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law where she was the inaugural director of the Applied Legal Theory and Analysis Program and was instrumental in designing the law school’s Writing Across the Curriculum Program. She co-chaired the Curriculum, Strategic Planning, and Assessment Committee for nearly a decade and served as associate dean for academic affairs. In 2003, Ms. Lysaght received the law school’s James T. Barnes, Sr. Memorial Faculty Scholar Award in 2003 for demonstrated excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service. Ms. Lysaght received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan with Distinction and her J.D. from the University of Detroit. While in law school, she was a member of the Law Review and the Moot Court Board of Directors.
An established expert in the legal writing and research field, Ms. Lysaght is the co-author of Michigan Legal Research and Successful Legal Analysis and Writing: The Fundamentals, the co-creator and a co-author of CiteStation, and a contributor to the Sourcebook on Legal Writing Programs. Additionally, she has published articles in J. ALWD and the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute. Ms. Lysaght is a member of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, serving as president in 2000-2001, and the Legal Writing Institute. She served on the editorial board of the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute from 2008-2016. In 2004, she was awarded the Thomas F. Blackwell Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Legal Writing by the governing boards of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute.
Within the Section, Ms. Lysaght served on the Accreditation Committee from 2010 to 2016 and was vice chair from 2015 to 2016. She has served on several site evaluation teams and is a former member of the Communication Skills Committee. In addition to her work for the Section, Ms. Lysaght is a member of the Glen Arbor Township Planning Commission. the Glen Arbor Township Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Glen Arbor Art Association Board of Directors.
University of Tennessee College of Law
Douglas Blaze has served on the University of Tennessee College of Law (UT) faculty since 1993, when he joined as the director of clinical programs. He served as dean of the college of law from 2008 to 2015, when he returned to teaching full-time and to serve as director of the college’s Institute for Professional Leadership, which he co-founded. He has also served as director of the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution and interim associate dean for academic affairs.
Before coming to UT, Professor Blaze was a member of the law faculty at Arizona State University, where he helped establish a community-based legal service clinic. He also practiced with the firm of Fennemore Craig in Phoenix, where his practice involved commercial and tort litigation. He earned a J.D., summa cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.S. from Dickinson College.
Professor Blaze is active on various legal education and bar committees, including the AALS Membership Review Committee, the LSAC Board of Trustees, and the Tennessee Bar Association Evolving Legal Markets Committee. He was appointed as an inaugural member of the Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission in 2009, and served as chair from 2014 to 2016.
Craig M. Boise
Syracuse University College of Law
Syracuse, New York
Craig Boise began his tenure as the 14th dean of Syracuse University College of Law on July 1, 2016. He is an innovative legal educator whose focus has been successfully navigating the technology and human resources disruptions that are occurring in legal services and in legal education. Before coming to Syracuse, he was Dean and Joseph C. Hostetler-BakerHostetler Chair in Law at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland–Marshall College of Law, where he established one of the country’s first solo practice incubators, developed a master’s degree in legal studies, and launched the Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection.
Dean Boise has held faculty positions at DePaul University College of Law, where he was also director of the Graduate Tax Program, and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and was a visiting professor at Washington & Lee University School of Law. His scholarship has focused on U.S. corporate and international tax policy and offshore financial centers, and has been published in the Texas International Law Journal, the George Mason Law Review, and the Minnesota Law Review, among others. He has taught international tax, corporate tax, international tax policy and federal income taxation.
Before beginning his academic career, Dean Boise practiced law for over eight years at law firms including Cleary Gottlieb and Akin Gump, in New York, and Thompson Hine, in Cleveland. Before entering private practice, he clerked for the Honorable Pasco M. Bowman II, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Dean Boise earned an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law (1999) and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School (1994). He received a bachelor of arts in political science, summa cum laude, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (1991), where he also completed substantial coursework toward a degree in piano performance at the University’s Conservatory of Music.
Dean Boise is a member of the New York, and Ohio Bars. A fellow of the American Bar Foundation, he has also served as co-chair of the Executive Committee of the American Association of Law School’s Deans’ Section.
Dr. Anthony S. Caprio
Western New England University
Anthony S. Caprio was appointed the fifth president of Western New England University by unanimous vote of the board of trustees in June 1, 1996 and began his tenure on September 1, 1996. For more than 40 years, he has demonstrated his commitment to higher education through service as a teacher and administrator in a wide range of institutions, both private and public. Prior to his appointment to Western New England University, Dr. Caprio served for several years as provost and professor of language and literature at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta; was professor and administrator at American University from 1980 to 1989; at Cedar Crest College in Pennsylvania; and Lehman College of the City University of New York. At American University, Dr. Caprio was recognized with the Administrator-Faculty Award for Outstanding Performance.
A noted language scholar, Dr. Caprio has written numerous books on language and literature including Reflets de la Femme (1973) and the widely used college text French for Communication (1985) His publications in refereed journals and special editions include “Senancour” in A Critical Bibliography of French Literature: Nineteenth Century, articles in Columbia Dictionary of Modern European Literatures, the Canadian Modern Language Review, and the Modern Language Journal. His reviews of books have appeared in dozens of scholarly and professional journals, such as Romantic Review, French Review, Library Journal, Modern Language Journal, and Nineteenth Century French Studies. Dr. Caprio is a frequent speaker on diverse aspects of higher education and has served on numerous boards nationally and regionally.
Dr. Caprio served on the Section’s Accreditation Committee from 2002 to 2008, including a term as vice chair from 2006 to 2008 and on the Foreign Programs Subcommittee, including several terms as chair. He has also served on numerous law school site visits. He earned a B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, from Wesleyan University, and both an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. He also holds an honorary bachelor’s degree from Western New England University.
Allison M. Dussias
New England Law | Boston
Allison Dussias has been a member of the New England Law|Boston faculty since 1991. She teaches American Indian Law, Business Organizations, First Amendment, and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights. Her scholarship has been focused on American Indian Law. She has published extensively on topics that include American Indian religious freedom, cultural preservation, tribal environmental regulation, and tribal sovereignty. Prior to joining the New England Law faculty, Professor Dussias practiced corporate law at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City. She received an A.B. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
University of Texas School of Law
Ward Farnsworth is Dean and John Jeffers Research Chair at the University of Texas School of Law. He also serves as Reporter for the American Law Institute's Restatement (Third) Torts: Liability for Economic Harm.
Dean Farnsworth is author of Restitution: Civil Liability for Unjust Enrichment (Chicago 2014); The Legal Analyst Chicago 2007), and various other scholarly books and articles. He teaches courses on torts, contracts, civil procedure, admiralty, and rhetoric.
Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid
Cornell Law School
Ithaca, New York
Monica Ingram earned her B.A., magna cum laude, at Grambling State University and her J.D. at the University of Texas School of Law in 1998. Dean Ingram practiced law in the area of public education prior to becoming an admissions professional. She has served on various boards including the Law School Admission Council, St. James Episcopal School Board and the Austin Children’s Shelter. Most recently she served as an American Corporate Partners mentor to transitioning military service members. Dean Ingram served on the Section’s Data Policy and Collection Committee from 2015 to 2016.
Peter A. Joy
Professior & Director, Criminal Justice Clinic
Washington University School of Law
Peter A. Joy is the Henry Hitchcock Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal Justice Clinic at the Washington University School of Law. He was vice dean of Washington University School of Law from 2010-2012. He teaches legal ethics, clinical courses, and trial practice and procedure, and he writes in the areas of legal ethics, criminal justice, access to justice, and legal education. He co-authors a legal ethics column for the ABA Criminal Justice Section quarterly publication Criminal Justice. He joined the law school in 1998 from Case Western Reserve University, where he served as professor of law and director of the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic.
For the Section, Professor Joy served on the Accreditation Committee from 2008 to 2014, the Clinical & Skills Education Committee from 2005 to 2008, and the Foreign Programs Committee from 2014 to 2016. He has also served on and chaired numerous ABA site visit teams, including serving as a fact finder.
Professor Joy has also served on the academic freedom and tenure committee of the Association of American Law Schools from 2005 to 2010, and was chair of its clinical section in 1997, chair of the professional responsibility section in 2011, and a member of the standing committee on clinical legal education 2010-2013. He was also president of the Clinical Legal Education Association in 2002.
Professor Joy earned his undergraduate degree from Youngstown State University and his law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
Peter McDonough, Esq.
Vice President & General Counsel
American Council on Education
Peter McDonough joined the American Council on Education (ACE) in January 2015. As vice president and general counsel, he supports ACE operations, programs and initiatives. He focuses on a wide range of higher education legal issues, including student and faculty affairs, athletics, campus safety and security, intellectual property, compliance and institutional governance. Mr. McDonough informs ACE’s judicial and regulatory advocacy on these and other legal issues.
He is the former general counsel of Princeton University, where he was responsible for all institutional legal advice and representation. He was personally attentive to a broad array of matters ranging from student conduct, employment, diversity and inclusion to research integrity, construction and restricted funds usage. Mr. McDonough joined Princeton’s legal staff in 1990. As general counsel from 2002-14, he was part of the university's senior management team and served on a variety of institutional committees, including the Executive Compliance Committee and the Conflicts of Interest Review Panel. McDonough has been active in the National Association of College and University Attorneys, where his service has included being on its board of directors and chairing its Committee on Legal Education.
Prior to coming to Princeton, he practiced as a litigator and trial lawyer at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' New York office. He received his A.B. (in economics) and J.D. from Georgetown University.
Veryl Victoria Miles
The Catholic University of America
Columbus School of Law
Veryl V. Miles teaches consumer bankruptcy and several courses in commercial law. Much of her scholarship has been devoted to the subject of consumer bankruptcy law. She has also written and spoken about a range of issues regarding legal education and admission to the bar.
Professor Miles served as the dean of the law school from 2005 through 2012. From 1997 through 1999, she served as the associate dean of academic affairs. Professor Miles began her career in legal education at George Mason University School of Law. Prior to joining the academy, she was an attorney with the General Counsel’s Office of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C.
Professor Miles holds or has held numerous professional affiliations, including deputy director of the Association of American Law Schools (2001 – 2003); member of the special committee on the Uniform Bar Examination for the National Conference of Bar Examiners (2008-2012); member of the American Bar Association’s Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice (2012-2013); member of the board of directors of The Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School in Takoma Park, MD (2010 - Present). She was member of the Section’s Accreditation Committee from 2008 to 2012.
Professor Miles is a graduate of Wells College in Aurora, New York, and a law graduate of The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.
Florida International University College of Law
Scott Norberg is a professor of law at the Florida International University College of Law. The recipient of several law school and university teaching awards, he teaches commercial law subjects, including Contracts and Bankruptcy. His research is primarily in the area of bankruptcy law, and he has spoken at numerous bankruptcy law education programs for lawyers and judges. Professor Norberg was FIU College of Law's founding associate dean for academic affairs.
From 2011 to 2014, Professor Norberg served as the deputy managing director of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. He has served on and chaired numerous ABA site visit teams. Professor Norberg earned both a B.A. and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina.
George Washington University Law School
Scott B. Pagel is a professor, associate dean for information services, and director of the Burns Law Library at the George Washington University Law School. He received his B.A. from Michigan State University, his M.A.L.S. from the University of Michigan, and his J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He teaches advanced legal research and his scholarship focuses on legal bibliography and rare books.
For the Section, Professor Pagel served on the Accreditation Committee from 2006 to 2012 and served on the Law Libraries Committee from 2005 to 2009. He served on the membership committee of the Association of American Law Schools from 2004 to 2006 and is active in the American Association of Law Libraries. Prior to coming to George Washington he served as law library director and associate professor at the University of Oklahoma and assistant director for Public Services at Columbia University.
Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz
Dean & Professor of Law
Stetson University College of Law
Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz became dean of the Stetson University College of Law in 2012. He joined the college of law from the Louisiana State University Law Center (2001 - 2012), where he served as vice chancellor for business and financial affairs and as the J.Y. Sanders Professor of Law. Prior to entering academia, Dean Pietruszkiewicz served as a trial attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (1997 – 2001) and as an attorney/adviser in the U.S. Department of Education (1992 – 1997).
Dean Pietruszkiewicz holds several national leadership positions in legal education. He served as a member of the Section’s Data Policy & Collection Committee from 2013 to 2016, including a term as chair from 2014 to 2016. He served as a member of the Law School Admission Council’s board of trustees (2010-2017) and chair of its Investment Committee (2011-2017). He also served as a member of the board of trustees for the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (2004 – 2012), where he served as president in 2005-2006.
Dean Pietruszkiewicz serves on the Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, was appointed by the president of the Florida Bar to serve on the Legal Education Committee of the Florida Bar Vision 2016 Commission, the Florida Bar Special Committee on Legal Education, the Florida Sixth Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee, and is a member of the board of trustees of the Tampa Chamber of Commerce.
An expert in tax law, Dean Pietruszkiewicz co-authored treatises – Mastering Income Tax and Corporate Reorganizations, published numerous law review articles, presented widely on the subject, and held various leadership positions with the ABA’s Section of Taxation, including Vice Chair of the Individual Income Tax Committee (2009 – 2012) and Special Features Editor of ABA’s NewsQuarterly (2006 – 2012).
He holds a law degree from Loyola University-New Orleans College of Law, a master of laws in taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania.