Michael A. Simons
John V. Brennan Professor of Law
Law School, Room 4-71
Dean Simons joined the St. John’s faculty in 1998 and was appointed Dean of the School of Law in 2009. Dean Simons graduated magna cum laude from the College of the Holy Cross and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. After law school, Dean Simons clerked for the Honorable Louis F. Oberdorfer of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He later served as a staff attorney for The Washington Post, as an associate at Stillman, Friedman & Shaw, and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. Dean Simons teaches in the areas of criminal law and evidence.
Anita S. Krishnakumar
Mary C. Daly Professor of Law
Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship
Law School, Room 4-10
Anita S. Krishnakumar is the Marcy C. Daly Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship. Her administrative duties include organizing the Faculty Workshop speaker series, running internal early stages ideas workshops, organizing the annual Faculty Scholarship Retreat, advising the Dean on faculty scholarship matters including summer stipend and publication awards, mentoring junior faculty, running the Faculty Scholarship blog, and working with the marketing department to publicize faculty scholarly activities.
Sarah Jean Kelly
Associate Dean for Administration and Graduate Studies
Law School, Room 4-72
Sarah Jean Kelly is the Associate Dean for Administration and Graduate Studies at St. John’s University School of Law, where she oversees the graduate and international programs, eleven academic center and institutes, and the Law School’s administrative departments. She is responsible for the Law School’s compliance with regulators and rankers, including the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools, the New York State Education Department and U.S. News and World Reports, and partners with the Dean and the Executive Director for Budget and Finance on budgetary matters. Sarah is a graduate of Wellesley College, received her M.Ed from the University of Virginia, and her J.D. from Georgetown Law. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Wellesley College Alumnae Association and Providence House. Sarah lives with her wife, Amita, and their son in Westbury, NY.
Michael A. Perino
Dean George W. Matheson Professor of Law
Associate Academic Dean
Law School, Room 4-37
Dean Perino joined the Law School faculty in 1998 and was named Associate Academic Dean in 2017. His scholarship focuses on securities regulations, corporations, and class actions. Dean Perino has also been a Visiting Professor at Cornell Law School (2005), Columbia Law School (2002), and at Stanford Law School (1995-1998). His book, The Hellhound of Wall Street: How Ferdinand Pecora’s Investigation of the Great Crash Forever Changed American Finance, won the Citi Private Bank Financial History of the Year prize, and was named as one of the best books of 2010 by Bloomberg/Business Week, Library Journal, and Progressive magazine. He is also the author of the leading treatise on the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act; has testified in both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives; and has been retained by the SEC to provide it with a report and recommendations on the adequacy of arbitrator conflict disclosure requirements in securities arbitration. Dean Perino received his J.D. from Boston College Law School, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and his LL.M. from Columbia Law School where he was valedictorian.
Associate Dean for Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness
Professor of Legal Writing
Director, Center for Trial and Appellate Advocacy
Law School, Room 4-49
Professor Larry Cunningham serves as the Associate Dean for Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness. In that role, he assists the faculty with implementing processes to assess, document, and improve student learning. He also assists the dean and faculty with strategic planning by providing data-driven analysis of key institutional outcomes. Prior to his current role, Dean Cunningham was second-in-charge of the Law School from 2013-18. Before that, he served as Dean of Students (2010-13). In those roles, he tackled important challenges and opportunities facing the Law School: implementing a new, innovative approach to student career development; right-sizing the Law School through its 2014 Strategic Plan; rehauling its approach to recruitment and enrollment management; and updating the curriculum to ensure students received the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for success in the legal professor. Dean Cunningham teaches Legal Writing, Appellate Advocacy, and Evidence; he writes in a number of areas, including ethics, appellate procedure, and assessment. More information about his teaching and scholarship can be found on his faculty biography page. Dean Cunningham lives in Long Beach, New York, with his husband, Jonnathan Kessler, and their two dogs.
Director, Diversity and Inclusion
Director, Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and the Ron Brown Prep Program for College Students
Law School, Room 4-63
Kamille Dean is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at St. John’s University School of Law. She also serves as the Director of the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and the Ronald H. Brown Law School Prep Program for College Students. Director Dean was the former Chief Strategy Officer for the Ron Brown Prep Program where she proposed a men of color pre-law pipeline initiative that was awarded a $300,000 grant from the Law School Admission Council.
Prior to her position at St. John’s Law, Director Dean was a faculty member at Thurgood Marshall School of Law. She was also appointed as Faculty-In-Residence for the Urban Academic Village at Texas Southern University. Director Dean has extensive teaching experience as a professor of law. She taught courses on a range of business law subjects. Her research interests include diversity in higher education and economic justice. She publishes her writings in books, law journals, and encyclopedias that are focused on achieving equality through education.
Director Dean speaks at a variety of legal conferences domestically and abroad. She regularly presents on topics concerning minority-serving institutions and financial literacy. Her seminars, workshops, and panel discussions are conducted at events that highlight civil rights and social justice issues. Director Dean serves on the board of directors for a local credit union, and she co-founded the nonprofit Cans 4 Cancer. She is a graduate of CUNY Queens College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Assistant Dean for Students
Law School, Room 4-78
Kimathi Gordon-Somers joined St. John’s in 2012 and now serves as the Assistant Dean for Students of the law school. As the Assistant Dean, he works closely with the student body and is responsible for serving as the point of support and information for students and responds to students' needs by providing personal, academic and social support. He also plans and directs law school activities related to student services and serves as a liaison between faculty, administrators and students or student organizations.
Mr. Gordon-Somers received his Bachelor of Arts in French and English from Franklin & Marshall College and his Juris Doctor, from St. Thomas University School of Law, where he was the Executive Vice-President of the Moot Court Board and later the Coach for the National Sports Law Competition. Mr. Gordon-Somers began his legal career at the Queens County District Attorney’s Office where he worked in the Special Victims and Domestic Violence Bureau, the Appeals Bureau; appearing before the Second Department, and later, the Narcotics Trial Bureau.
After leaving the Queens District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Gordon-Somers worked as an Account Manager and Legal Research Consultant at LexisNexis where he managed the accounts of and consulted on research projects for AMLAW 100 firms both in New York and Miami. Mr. Gordon-Somers then returned to the prosecutorial field where he worked as an Assistant State Attorney in the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and later as a Senior Assistant District Attorney for the Kings County District Attorney’s Office where he investigated and tried complex cases including homicides and other violent crimes, hate-crimes, organized crime, criminal misconduct by public officials and police officers, gang-related activity and major frauds.
Mr. Gordon-Somers also teaches Trial Advocacy as an adjunct professor and is admitted to practice law in both New York and Florida.
Manager, Office of the Dean
Law School, Room 4-58