Suffolk University Law School

Dean and Professor of Law






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



  • Professional Responsibility
  • Civil Procedure
  • Federal Courts



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.  Most recently, he was appointed by the president of the American Bar Association to serve as the chair of the governing council of the ABA’s new Center for Innovation. Dean Perlman was the founding director of Suffolk’s Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation as well as the related Legal Technology and Innovation 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 is a co-author (since 2008) of the annually updated book, Regulation of Lawyers: Statutes and Standards (with Stephen Gillers and Roy D. Simon) and a civil procedure casebook, Civil Procedure: A Coursebook (with Professors Joseph W. Glannon and Peter Raven-Hansen) that has been adopted at more than 70 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.


Professional Activities

  • Chair, Governing Council, ABA Center for Innovation (2016-)
  • 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)




REGULATION OF LAWYERS: STATUTES AND STANDARDS (Aspen 2015) (with Stephen Gillers and Roy Simon) (annually updated)

CIVIL PROCEDURE: A COURSEBOOK, 2d ed. (Aspen 2014) (with Joseph Glannon and Peter Raven-Hansen)

CIVIL PROCEDURE: RULES, STATUTES AND OTHER MATERIALS (Aspen, 2014) (with Joseph W. Glannon and Peter Raven-Hansen) (annually updated)

REGULATION OF LAWYERS: STATUTES AND STANDARDS (with Stephen Gillers and Roy Simon) (annually updated; added as co-author as of the 2009 edition)


Book Chapters

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



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

A Behavioral Theory of Legal Ethics, 90 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

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 NSA, JURIST-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 )


Selected Media

ABA Journal (NSA Surveillance Policies Raise Questions About the Viability of the Attorney-Client Privilege), September 2014

New York Times (Spying by N.S.A. Ally Entangled U.S. Law Firm), Feb. 15, 2014

ABA Journal (Reciprocity Fight Returns as Lawsuits Press the ABA-Advocated Issue), Feb. 1, 2014 (Suffolk Law Launches New Law Technology Concentration), Nov. 26, 2013

WRKO, (Discussing Google Glass), July 24, 2013

ABA Journal (Ethics 20/20 Commission Hones Proposals Going to the ABA House of Delegates), Nov. 1, 2011

New York Times (Selling Pieces of Law Firms to Investors), Oct. 28, 2011

The "al Qaeda 7" Controversy , March 18, 2010