Andrew M. Perlman

Dean and Professor of Law

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Dean Andrew Perlman is a nationally recognized voice on the future of legal education and law practice. Dean Perlman was the chief reporter of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Ethics 20/20, which was responsible for updating the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct to reflect changes in technology and increased globalization. He also served as the vice chair of the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services, which produced projects and recommendations designed to improve how legal services are delivered and accessed. In addition, he was appointed by the president of the American Bar Association to serve as the inaugural chair of the governing council of the ABA’s new Center for Innovation. In 2015, he was recognized by FastCase as one of 50 "entrepreneurs, innovators, and trailblazers ... who have charted a new course for the delivery of legal services."

Most recently, Dean Perlman has served as a founding member of the Advisory Committee of the ABA-Legal Education Police Practices Consortium; a member of the Law School Admission Council’s Legal Education Program Advisory Committee, which is developing an alternate pathway to law school admission; a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Access to Justice Advisory Committee; a co-chair of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Subcommittee on Alternative Paths to Licensure; and a member of the Content Scope Committee of the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE), which helped to identify content for the next generation of the bar exam.

Dean Perlman has written numerous articles on professional responsibility that have appeared in some of the nation’s leading law reviews. He was a co-author (2008-2019) of the annually updated book, Regulation of Lawyers: Statutes and Standards (with Stephen Gillers and Roy D. Simon), and he has co-authored a civil procedure casebook, Civil Procedure: A Coursebook (with Professors Joseph W. Glannon and Peter Raven-Hansen) that has been adopted at more than 80 law schools.

Dean Perlman has served as a presenter or panelist at more than 100 academic, judicial, and other professional programs in more than 20 U.S. jurisdictions, three continents, and four countries.

Prior to entering academia, Dean Perlman clerked for a federal district court judge in Chicago and practiced as a litigator there. He is an honors graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, and he received his LL.M from Columbia Law School.


  • BA, Yale University
  • JD, Harvard University
  • LLM, Columbia University

Selected Publications

Representative Articles


  • CIVIL PROCEDURE: A COURSEBOOK, 4th ed. (Aspen 2021) (with Joseph Glannon and Peter Raven-Hansen)
  • CIVIL PROCEDURE: RULES, STATUTES AND OTHER MATERIALS (Aspen) (with Joseph W. Glannon and Peter Raven-Hansen) (annually updated)
  • REGULATION OF LAWYERS: STATUTES AND STANDARDS (Aspen) (with Stephen Gillers and Roy Simon) (annually updated between 2018-2019)

Book Chapters

  • The Legal Ethics of Lying About American Democracy, in BEYOND IMAGINATION? THE JANUARY 6 INSURRECTION (West Academic Publishing 2022) (a book co-written by 14 law school deans).
  • Remedying Law's Partiality Through Social Science, in IDEOLOGY, PSYCHOLOGY AND LAW (Oxford Univ. Press, 2012) (Jon Hanson, ed.) 


Dean Perlman is regularly quoted on matters related to legal ethics and the future of the legal profession. He has been quoted in a wide range of publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and Boston Globe. He also has appeared as a commentator concerning legal ethics issues on WBZ (CBS News in Boston) and New England Cable News.

Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Fastcase 50 Honoree (“honoring the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders”)
  • Inducted into the Warren E. Burger Society, National Center for State Courts (November 2019)
  • Fellow, College of Law Practice Management (inducted October 2014)

Bar Admittance

  • United States Supreme Court (Since 2019)
  • Massachusetts (since 2008)
  • Illinois (1996-2008) (retired as of January 1, 2009)
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Courses Taught

  • Civil Procedure
  • Professional Responsibility

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