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Dean Kathleen M. Boozang

Kathleen M. Boozang Named Dean of Seton Hall Law

Provost Dr. Larry Robinson: "Kathleen has been an innovator since she joined the law school 25 years ago.”


Kathleen Boozang launched and now leads Seton Hall Law's Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy, ranked in the Top 10 by U.S. News & World Report for the past 19 years. She also created and regularly teaches in the Law School’s Healthcare Compliance education training programs, the Seton Center for Religiously Affiliated Nonprofits and in 2010, founded the Division of Online Learning.

"Kathleen has been an innovator since she joined the law school 25 years ago,” said Seton Hall University Provost Dr. Larry Robinson. “She embodies Seton Hall Law’s mission, which makes her the perfect choice as our next dean.”

In 2004, Dean Designate Boozang led the launch of the school’s Healthcare Compliance Certification Program, which has trained thousands of professionals in the pharmaceutical and life sciences fields and is now offered in Newark, San Francisco, Paris and Singapore. She expanded the Law School’s focus on compliance education to include Master of Science in Jurisprudence degree programs in Healthcare and Life Sciences as well as Financial Services Compliance. Law students may also pursue a J.D. concentration in Compliance. Under her leadership, Seton Hall Law now offers the greatest array of Compliance training and degree programs of any law school in the nation, available to professionals in the fields of healthcare and financial services.

Building on the success of the Compliance training program, in 2010 Dean Designate Boozang launched the Seton Hall Law Division of Online Learning, offering an array of graduate certificates as well as the M.S.J. degree programs, which students may pursue in the classroom or online.  

The Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy remains a top priority for Dean Designate Boozang. She will continue as an active member of the health law faculty teaching a course in the Spring semester and serving as a lecturer in the European Healthcare Compliance Certification program later this year.

She is supported by Timothy P. Glynn, Associate Dean for Graduate and Professional Education and Simone Handler-Hutchinson, Assistant Dean for Graduate and Professional Education, who partner to drive the continued growth of Seton Hall Law’s Division of Online Learning and its M.S.J. degree and Graduate Certificate programs. Professor Gaia Bernstein, who has focused her writing on areas related to healthcare and life sciences, teaches classes in HIPAA Privacy & Security; Law and Genetics; and Birth, Death and the Law. Professor John V. Jacobi serves as faculty director of the Center for Health, setting the course for scholarship, policy review, and client advocacy.

Dean Designate Boozang served as the University’s Vice Provost in 2010 and 2011. Prior to moving to the University’s main campus, she served for eight years as Law School Associate Dean, and then for two years as Associate Dean for Academic Advancement, also overseeing the Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology.

In 2013, the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics conferred upon Professor Boozang the Jay Healy Health Law Teacher Award. Her success as a scholar has earned her election to the American Law Institute, the American Bar Foundation, and the Hastings Center. She graduated from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri, where she was inducted into the Order of the Coif and served as the managing editor of the Law Quarterly. After practicing law for several years primarily representing Catholic healthcare institutions, she received her LL.M. from Yale Law School. Dean Designate Boozang is the third woman to serve as Dean of the Seton Hall School of Law. Miriam T. Rooney served as the school’s founding Dean in 1951 – the first woman Dean of an accredited law school in the United States. Elizabeth Defeis, now a Professor of Law at Seton Hall, served as Dean from 1983 to 1988.

Dean Boozang succeeds Patrick E. Hobbs, who has served as Dean of Seton Hall Law for the past 16 years, one of the longest-serving law school deans in the nation. “I am delighted that my colleague and friend will succeed me as Dean,” Dean Hobbs said. “She is the right person to lead Seton Hall during this time of extraordinary change in legal education and the practice of law. Under her leadership I am confident our Law School will reach even greater heights.”

Dean Designate Boozang will assume the role of Dean effective July 1, 2015.