Michael H. Schill Appointed
Dean of the UCLA School of Law

Date: June 21, 2004
Contact: Lauren Bartlett ( lbartlett@support.ucla.edu )
Phone: 310-206-1458

Michael H. Schill, professor of law at New York University and director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy a joint center of the NYU Law School and the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service has been selected as dean of UCLA's School of Law, effective Aug. 1, Chancellor Albert Carnesale announced. The appointment is subject to approval by the University of California Board of Regents.

"Michael Schill is a respected scholar, impressive administrator and dedicated teacher," Carnesale said. "He has outstanding qualifications to lead UCLA's law school into the future, including experience at two top-10 law schools and nine years as director of the Furman Center. My colleagues and I are excited about working with him as he joins the UCLA family."

"I am thrilled about the opportunities ahead of me at UCLA," Schill said. "UCLA is already one of the most distinguished law schools in the nation with a faculty that is second to none. Over the past six months as I have been able to learn much more about the school, I have been enormously impressed by the commitment and quality of its students, faculty, administrators and alumni. As we draw links to the world-class university of which it is a part, the law school is poised to become the leading innovator in interdisciplinary legal education."

Schill said he looks forward to working with the administrators, faculty and students at the law school.

"UCLA's law school is unique among American law schools," he said. "It is a young institution that has never been afraid to innovate. This is especially fitting given its location in one of the most dynamic cities in the nation."

Schill succeeds Jonathan Varat, who returned to teaching at the law school last year at the end of a five-year term as dean. Norman Abrams has been serving as interim dean.

Schill, 45, was born in Schenectady, N.Y., and grew up there. He earned his bachelor's degree from Princeton University in 1980 and his law degree from Yale Law School in 1984.

Schill worked as a law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Marvin Katz from 1984 to 1985. He then worked as an associate at the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson from 1984 to 1987. Schill joined the academic ranks in July 1987 as an assistant law professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, became an associate professor there in 1991 and a full professor in 1992 at the law school and Penn's Wharton School. Schill was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School for the fall 1999 semester.

At NYU Schill has been the director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy since 1994. In 1995 he became a professor of law and urban planning. In September 2003, he was awarded the Wilf Family Chair in Property Law.

Schill is a nationally recognized expert on American housing law and policy. He has written or edited three books and more than 40 articles on various aspects of housing policy, deregulation, finance and discrimination. He also is an active participant in housing policy, serving on a wide variety of governmental task forces and bodies as well as boards of directors of nonprofit organizations.