Law School Welcomes New Deans
In the last year, St. John’s Law has designed and implemented a bold new strategic plan to strengthen the school. Anchoring the plan are the dual goals of academic excellence and student success. And among the proactive and practical steps being taken to meet these goals is hiring administrators who dedicate their work to helping students thrive at St. John’s and succeed as they enter the profession.
In November, Alexis Martinez joined the Law School as assistant dean for students. In her previous position as assistant dean for student affairs at Elon Law School in North Carolina, she handled academic matters, discipline, orientation, disability services, financial advising, and student organizations and activities. Among other initiatives, Dean Martinez led the creation of Elon’s pro bono program as well as its Leadership Fellowship Program. Before working at Elon, she was director of student life at Syracuse Law. She is a triple graduate of University of Miami, where she earned a B.B.A., J.D., and M.S. in Education.
This semester, St. John’s Law welcomes Susan Landrum, Ph.D. as its new assistant dean for academic achievement. Formerly the director of the Office of Academic Achievement at Savannah Law School, she has taught a variety of academic support-related courses in addition to working one-on-one with students. She is the author of the Academic Success Blog, a resource on academic support read by law school administrators and students across the globe. Prior to joining Savannah Law School, a branch campus of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, Dean Landrum was a staff attorney for the Eleventh Circuit and practiced law with a boutique litigation firm in Ohio. She holds both a J.D. and a Ph.D. in History from Ohio State. Her B.A. is from University of South Carolina.
Joining Deans Landrum and Martinez in new key administrative positions are Professor Marc O. DeGirolami, the Law School’s new associate dean for faculty scholarship, and Nancy Brady, who has been promoted to assistant dean for administrative services after serving for many years as the Law School’s director of special services.
“I’m delighted to welcome these outstanding individuals to their new leadership roles,” says Dean Michael A. Simons. “This marks an important moment for St. John’s Law. Under our new strategic plan, we’re realigning resources to focus on our priority of serving our students well. And we’re already seeing the benefits—bar performance, student credentials, employment rates, and alumni giving are all on the rise, and we look forward to continuing this positive momentum.”