Incoming Dean Included among U.S. Legal Profession’s “Courageous Innovators”

Andrew Perlman, incoming dean of the Law School, has been named to the Fastcase 50—one of the nation’s preeminent honors for the “smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law.” Each year, the Fastcase 50 shines a spotlight on trailblazers who take new approaches to the delivery of legal services. This year’s top 50 list also includes U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr., and LegalZoom CEO John Suh.

Perlman has helped shift the focus of the professional responsibility discussion, according to the Fastcase description of his contributions to the legal field. While that discourse once centered on the impact regulations have on lawyers, Perlman has drawn increasing attention to the effects of regulation on consumers and on access to justice.

Fastcase writes: “It’s no wonder that Andy is invited to be a central part of every conversation about the future of legal services. He is the vice chair of the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services, and he served as chief reporter of the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20, among many other committees related to the future of law.”

In his previous role as director of the school’s Law Technology and Innovation Concentration and its Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation, Perlman garnered the attention of the national media, with coverage in the Washington Post, National Law Journal, and ABA Journal, among others. Some of the topics covered by those publications included the development of an audit to assess lawyer’s basic legal technology skills and the Law School’s first-of-its-kind legal technology concentration.

Watch a video about incoming Dean Andrew Perlman’s push for legal innovation.