The mission of the School of Law Board of Advisors is to advance WashULaw’s aims and goals, and to assist the dean in responding to any and all challenges facing legal education. To fulfill this mission, board members have four key roles: advisor, advocate, ambassador, and philanthropic supporter of the school.

Member Appointments

The board is comprised of leaders who seek to improve both the School of Law and the legal discipline. Members are appointed by the dean, selected for their distinction in law, business, service to the public, and demonstrated commitment to the school. 

Member Terms

Members are appointed for a three-year term, and may be reappointed to serve additional terms.

Board Officers

The dean and the chancellor of the university select an individual board member to serve as the chairperson of the board of advisors for a three-year term. When appropriate, the chair and the dean may ask specific board members to serve on a committee, subcommittee, or task force. The chair is an ex officio member of any subgroup organized to handle projects and special issues.

Board Meetings

The board typically meets on a semi-annual basis. Additional board meetings may be convened if deemed necessary.

Member Roles and Responsibilities

To enable members to succeed in their roles and responsibilities, and to advise the dean on any and all matters, the School of Law has developed guidelines to clarify what is expected of those invited to join the board:

  • Attending and actively participating in board meetings and functions (participation in other university events is encouraged).
  • Serving in leadership positions and assisting with special assignments, including committees and subcommittees, when possible.
  • Supporting and affirming the value of WashULaw by making the school a philanthropic priority through meaningful financial contributions to the annual fund at the minimum level of $10,000, or at the level commensurate with the member’s capacity.
  • Opening doors to secure the resources (financial, human, or political) necessary for the school to achieve its mission and purpose.
  • Serving as a positive ambassador and an advocate for the school by continually sharing our story and passion for excellence within the member’s sphere of influence.
  • Taking the initiative at least one time per year to host an event, of any size, to share the school’s story, build our profile, and expand our network.
  • Maintaining confidentiality of any board discussion that involves sensitive matters, as well as all confidential and proprietary information associated with the school or university.
  • Keeping informed about the School of Law, its role within the university, and trends in higher education that can affect its future.