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Hofstra Law Creates Dean for Experiential Education

Jennifer A. Gundlach, Senior Associate Dean for Experiential Education and Clinical Professor of Law

Jennifer A. Gundlach has been named senior associate dean for experiential education at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. Gundlach, who has served as both an administrator and a faculty member in various roles at Hofstra Law since 2007, will also continue to serve as senior associate dean for academic affairs and clinical professor of law.

“With more than 10 years of experience in clinical legal education, Jennifer brings great insight and leadership to an area that is essential for preparing practice-ready lawyers,” said Interim Dean Eric Lane. “In this new position, she will strengthen Hofstra Law’s commitment to developing experiential learning opportunities for our students.”

Hofstra Law created the new position to expand its experiential learning offerings and to support students in meeting the new 50-hour pro bono requirement. Gundlach will be responsible for developing clear standards for assessing the educational and professional quality of Hofstra Law’s pro bono offerings. In addition to overseeing pro bono initiatives, Gundlach will further develop the quality and quantity of externship courses and the integration of practical skills training throughout the curriculum.

Hofstra Law currently offers a substantial number of opportunities for students to engage in experiential learning and pro bono work through nine clinics and clinical practicums and many externship programs. Under Gundlach’s leadership, the Law School has already begun to expand its offerings through a newly launched semester-long externship program in Washington, D.C.

Gundlach received her A.B. degree in history from Kenyon College and her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law. After law school, she worked as an associate in a commercial litigation boutique and later transitioned to plaintiffs’ class action litigation at Cohen Milstein Hausfeld & Toll in Washington, D.C. Gundlach also worked as a policy analyst at People For the American Way, where she monitored, researched and reported on litigation, legislation and community activities involving First Amendment rights to religious liberty and the separation of church and state in public school education.

Gundlach began her teaching career at American University Washington College of Law in 2000, first as an adjunct professor teaching the first-year course Legal Methods and then as a practitioner-in-residence in the Civil Practice Clinic. From 2002-2007, she was an associate clinical professor of law at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. In addition to teaching Professional Responsibility, she created and developed the Disability Advocacy Clinic, a program in which she supervised law students’ representation of indigent clients with disabilities in administrative, state and federal court proceedings.

For more information on Hofstra Law’s experiential learning offerings, visit law.hofstra.edu/EL.

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