Andrew M. Perlman

Dean of Suffolk Law School 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.  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. Dean Perlman was the founding director of Suffolk’s Institute on Legal Innovation and Technology as well as the related Legal Innovation and Technology Concentration. 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." 

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. He regularly speaks about professional responsibility and the future of legal services at academic conferences, bar association programs, and local and international law firms.

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.

Professor Perlman's Curriculum Vitae [PDF]


Professional Activities

  • Special Advisor, ABA Center for Innovation (2018-2019)
  • Chair, Governing Council, ABA Center for Innovation (2016-2018)
  • Vice Chair, ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services (2014-2016)
  • Chief Reporter, ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 (2010-2013)
  • Chair, Section on Professional Responsibility, Association of American Law Schools (2014)
  • Member, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct (since 2009)
  • Fellow, College of Law Practice Management (since 2014)




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

Remedying Law's Partiality Through Social Science, in IDEOLOGY, PSYCHOLOGY AND LAW (Oxford Univ. Press, 2012) (Jon Hanson, ed.)



The Public’s Unmet Need for Legal Services & What Law Schools Can Do about It, DAEDALUS Winter 2019, Vol. 148, No. 1, pp. __ to __

Towards the Law of Legal Services, 37 CARDOZO L. REV. 49 (2015)

A Behavioral Theory of Legal Ethics90 IND. L. J. 1639 (2015)

The Twenty-First Century Lawyer's Evolving Ethical Duty of Competence, 22:4 THE PROFESSIONAL LAWYER 1 (2014)

The Parallel Law of Lawyering in Civil Litigation, 79 FORDHAM L. REV. 1965 (2011)

The Legal Ethics of Metadata Mining, 43 AKRON L. REV. 785 (2010)

The Silliest Rule of Professional Conduct: Model Rule 5.2(b), 19 :3 THE PROFESSIONAL LAWYER 14 (2009)

Ethics and Professionalism in the Digital Age, 60 MERCER L. REV. 927 (2009) (presentation transcript)

Unethical Obedience by Subordinate Attorneys: Lessons from Social Psychology, 36 HOFSTRA L. REV. 451 (2007) (reprinted in Nancy B. Rapoport, Jeffrey D. Van Niel and Bala G. Dhuran, eds., ENRON AND OTHER CORPORATE FIASCOS: THE CORPORATE SCANDAL READER, 2d. ed. 2009).

Moving Beyond Zeal in the Rulemaking Process: A Reply to Professor Monroe Freedman, 14 GEO. MASON L. REV. 185 (2006)

Untangling Ethics Theory from Attorney Conduct Rules: The Case of Inadvertent Disclosures, 13 GEO. MASON L. REV. 767 (2005)

A Bar Against Competition: The Unconstitutionality of Admission Rules for Out-of-State Lawyers, 18 GEO. J. LEGAL ETHICS 135 (2004)

Toward a Unified Theory of Professional Regulation, 55 FLA. L. REV. 977 (2003)

A Career Choice Critique of Legal Ethics Theory, 31 SETON HALL L. REV. 829 (2001)

Public Accommodation Laws and the Dual Nature of the Freedom of Association, 8 GEO. MASON U. CIV. RTS. L.J. 111 (1998)


Other Publications

The Role of Bar Associations in the Emerging Legal Marketplace, LEADERS IN LEGAL BUSINESS (Association of International Law Firms Network) (2018) (with Janet Jackson)

Online Symposium,, February 2017: Predicting the Future of Legal Services; Collected in Reflections on the Future of Legal Services

Foreword, Celebrating 50 Years, 50 SUFFOLK U. L. REV. 385 (2017)

"Thinking Like a Lawyer" in the 21st Century, Practice Innovations, Vol. 17, No. 1, p. 1 (2016) (co-authored with Gabriel Teninbaum)
Contributor, Legal Ethics Forum Blog (2005-present)

Innovation in Legal Education, Law Practice Today (Jan. 2014)

Protecting Client Confidences in a Digital Age: The Case of the NSAJURIST-Forum, Mar. 4, 2014

Post-Trial Juror Contact in Massachusetts: A History, Some Problems, and a Proposal for Reform in Vol. 1 No. 2 MASSACHUSETTS BAR INSTITUTE SECTION REVIEW, 28-30 ( 2009 )



Dean Perlman is regularly quoted on matters related to legal ethics and the future of the legal profession. He has been in 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.


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

  • Professional Responsibility, Civil Procedure