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DePaul Law Dean is Selected as Next Managing Director of Accreditation and Legal Education

The ABA’s next Managing Director of Accreditation and Legal Education will be DePaul University College of Law Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea, effective June 1, 2024. She will succeed Bill Adams, who has served as Managing Director since 2020.

“Dean Rosato Perea brings to the table 16 years of successful experience as a dean at three very different institutions, including a new law school, a public law school, and a private law school with a religious affiliation,” said Leo Martinez, a former law dean who chaired the nine-member search committee. “Her decanal chops are without question, and we are thrilled that someone of her accomplishment and experience will be the new managing director.”

Dean Rosato Perea has received many awards and honors including the recent Leonard Jay Schrager Award of Excellence 2022 from the Chicago Bar Foundation, and the Chicago Lawyer Top 50 Women in Law 2022. She also has presented nationally and regionally on the future and challenges of legal education before a variety of organizations, including the Association of American Law Schools and the American Bar Association. Dean Rosato Perea is an accomplished scholar and expert on family law, bioethics, and legal ethics, having published extensively on a variety of legal issues affecting children and families. Prior to joining DePaul, she served as dean of Northern Illinois University College of Law for six years. 

Dean Rosato Perea earned her B.S. from Cornell University and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

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