Welcome Interim Dean Gregory E. Maggs

Welcome Interim Dean Gregory E. Maggs

November 8, 2010 - The GW Law community welcomes Gregory E. Maggs, who will be the interim dean until the University completes its ongoing search to replace departing Law School Dean Frederick M. Lawrence. Dean Maggs has served the law School since 1993 as a faculty member, senior associate dean for academic affairs, and co-director of the National Security & U.S. Foreign Relations Law Program. Congratulations also to Edward Swaine, who takes on the role of senior associate dean for academic affairs.

"I worked closely with Dean Lawrence for the past two years and hope to continue his efforts to keep the Law School moving forward," Dean Maggs said. "We are poised in many ways to reach a higher level of excellence, and I am grateful to be a part of that opportunity. I look forward to working with students, alumni, faculty, and staff."

Those who have worked with Dean Maggs for many years appreciate his dedication to his students and his knowledge of the Law School. Tom Morrison, senior associate dean for administrative affairs, has worked alongside Dean Maggs since he came to the Law School, and says it is clear that GW Law is in good hands.

"Greg Maggs has long been known in our community as a leader and an outstanding scholar," Dean Morrison said. "We are fortunate to have him guiding us in a time of transition, and I have no doubt he will use this time to improve all areas of operation within the Law School."

Dean Maggs teaches in the areas of commercial law, constitutional law, contracts, and counter-terrorism law, and has written extensively on these subjects. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Following law school, he was a law clerk for Justices Clarence Thomas and Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court and for the late Circuit Judge Joseph T. Sneed of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Dean Maggs also taught for two years as an assistant professor at the University of Texas School of Law.

His other past experience includes service as a special master for the U.S. Supreme Court, as a consultant to Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr in the Whitewater Investigation, and as an assistant to former Judge Robert H. Bork in private practice and research. Dean Maggs is a member of the Advisory Board for the Heritage Foundation's Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and a member of the American Law Institute. He has been an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve since 1990, and serves from time to time as a military judge hearing appeals from courts-martial.

The University and Law School communities are in the process of a nationwide search to select the next dean of GW Law, and have engaged students, alumni, donors, faculty, and staff for their feedback during this important process.