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Over the last several decades, campuses have been selecting Presidents who hold Juris Doctorate degrees at a rapidly increasing pace.  As part of an in-depth study for the author's PhD dissertation at the University of the Arts, and the subsequent publication of the author's book, May It Please the Campus: Lawyers Leading Higher Education, this site has been created to share data, invite information, and engage in conversation with those who are interested in further discussing various aspects of  lawyers as leaders in higher education.  This website is designed to share names of lawyer presidents, the schools where they are serving/have served, select demographic data, and short essays, articles and blog posts of interest.  Please contact if you have information to share. 


Patricia  E. Salkin


Patricia E. Salkin is Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs of Touro University as well as Provost for the Graduate and Professional Divisions. She previously served as Dean of the Touro University Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center where she is currently a professor of law.

Prior to joining Touro  Law Center, Salkin was the Raymond & Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law, as well as Associate Dean and Director of the Government Law Center of Albany Law School. Salkin has served as co-chair of the NYS Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar and she was a member of the City Bar’s Task Force on New Lawyers in a Changing Profession. She is a past chair of the American Association of Law School’s State & Local Government Law Section.

A member of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates, Salkin holds and has held many leadership positions within both the ABA and the New York State Bar Association including: former Chair of the ABA State and Local Government Section, former member of the ABA Standing Committees on Governmental Affairs (ABA), the Membership,  and the Law Library of Congress. She is a former Chair of the NYSBA Municipal Law Section and Founding Member and former Chair of the NYSBA Committee on Attorneys in Public Service; and she has chaired numerous NYSBA task forces including one focusing on: government ethics, eminent domain, and town and village justice courts.


A nationally recognized scholar on land use law and zoning, Salkin is the author of the popular blog, Law of the Land. She has published more than 100 books, articles, chapters and columns on land use and zoning, community and sustainable development, government ethics and academic pedagogy and leadership. 

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