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Anthony Crowell

Anthony W. Crowell is the current Dean and President of New York Law School. He started in May 2012 after serving for more than 10 years as Counselor to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He has taught courses in state and local government law at New York Law School and Brooklyn Law School.[1][2] He is also Board Chair of the Brooklyn Public Library[1][2] and serves on the boards of the New York City Economic Development Corporation and Citizens Union Foundation. In addition, he is a member of the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board.[3]


  • Education and Early Career 1
  • New York City Government 2
  • Academic career 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Education and Early Career

Crowell received a B.A., magna cum laude, in 1992 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied urban policy, and a J.D., cum laude, from American University’s Washington College of Law in 1997. He is a member of the bars of New York and New Jersey. From 1992 to 1997, after college and through law school, Crowell worked at the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) in Washington, D.C., managing the association’s government affairs and policy committee.[1][2]

New York City Government

After law school, Crowell served as Assistant Corporation Counsel in the New York City Law Department, in its Tax & Condemnation Division and Legal Counsel Division (1997–2002). In 2001, he directed New York City’s World Trade Center Death Certificate Program and was counsel at the city’s Family Assistance Center, aiding families of victims of the September 11 attacks.

Crowell served as Special Counsel to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg from 2002 to 2006. He was then appointed Counselor to Mayor Bloomberg, serving in that capacity until 2012. In that role, he managed legal, regulatory, legislative, governance, administrative, and operational matters focused on enhancing the performance, competitiveness, accountability, and public integrity of New York City. He also coordinated and oversaw New York City agencies, boards, and commissions, and led government reform efforts and business process re-engineering initiatives.[1][2]

Academic career

Crowell assumed the role of Dean of New York Law School in May 2012 and joined the faculty as Professor of Law and Distinguished Practitioner.[4][5][6][7] He originally joined New York Law School in 2003 as an adjunct professor and continues to teach a course on New York City law there. He previously taught a course in state and local government law at Brooklyn Law School for 12 years.

In 2012, New York Law School had the worst pass rate for first-time candidates who took the July bar exam, among 15 law schools in New York state. Crowell was "very disappointed" with these results,[8] leading him to implement a "Jump Start" bar prep program that compensated students $500 for studying for the bar, which one reporter called "essentially bribing students to study".[9] The Jump Start program, despite its criticism, was successful in increasing the school's bar passage rate. From 2012 to 2013, New York Law School saw the highest jump in bar passage rate in New York State.[10] Since joining the school full-time, Crowell has worked with the faculty to develop the School's new top-to-bottom Strategic Plan.[11] The plan embraces the structural changes in the legal marketplace, focuses on student and community engagement, scholarship, and has helped to shepherd a historic expansion of clinical and experiential learning using New York City as the classroom.[12] The Strategic Plan was informed by a full scale operational review that the Dean and his team undertook to evaluate and implement new methods required for modern law school management. In September 2013, Crowell announced that New York Law School would offer a two-year J.D. honors program, beginning in January 2015, which will cost no more than two-thirds of a traditional J.D. program at the Law School.[13] In recognition of the two-year program and other innovations, Crains New York Business included him in its list of “People to Watch in Higher Education.”[14] Crowell was also interviewed by New York Public Radio[15] and Bloomberg Law[16] about the two-year program.


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  3. ^ New York City Council Resolution
  4. ^ New York City Press Release Mayor Bloomberg Announces Counselor to the Mayor Anthony W. Crowell Will Leave City Government to Become the Next Dean and President of New York Law School, February 29, 2012
  5. ^ New York Law School Press Release Anthony W. Crowell, Counselor to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Named 16th Dean and President of New York Law School, February 29, 2012
  6. ^ Veteran Political Hand to Lead New York Law School The National Law Journal, February 29, 2012
  7. ^ The Mayor's Lawyer is Moving On The New York Times, February 29, 2012
  8. ^ Eight Law Schools Post Lower Bar Pass Rates, Michael J. Paquette, New York Law Journal, 11 Dec 2012.
  9. ^ New York Law School Is Paying Students To Study For The Bar, Abby Rogers, Business Insider, 1 Feb 2013.
  10. ^ Brooklyn Law School Wows With 94% Bar Passage Rate, Charisma L. Miller, Esq., Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 26 Nov 2013.
  11. ^ NYLS Strategy July 2013
  12. ^ New York Law School Press Release New York Law School Undertakes Historic Expansion Of Its Clinical And Experiential Learning Programs, April 9, 2013
  13. ^ New York Law School Press Release New York Law School Announces Two-Year Honors Program, September 5, 2013
  14. ^ Crain's New York Business People to Watch in Higher Education, October 13, 2013
  15. ^ WNYC News Law School in Two Years?, September 4, 2013
  16. ^ Bloomberg Law Dean: Law Firms 'Support' NYLS's 2 Year Degree Program, September 19, 2013

External links

  • New York Law School faculty bio
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