Daniel Polsby Named New Dean of Law School

Posted: February 7, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Daniel Walsch

Daniel Polsby
Daniel Polsby

Daniel Polsby, Mason Foundation Professor of Law at George Mason since 1999, has been named the university’s new dean of the School of Law.

“We are very grateful to Dan for his stewardship in years past and for his willingness to take on this new assignment. I believe he offers a stimulating vision of change and continuity for the school,” Provost Peter Stearns said in announcing Polsby’s appointment.

Polsby has been serving as the law school’s acting dean since 2004. He replaces Mark Grady, who stepped down last year.

“I am very pleased and grateful for this opportunity,” said Polsby. “George Mason is blessed with having an outstanding law school faculty. I am looking forward to working closely with them so we build upon the law school’s growing national reputation.”

Polsby joined Mason’s faculty after serving 23 years on the Northwestern University law faculty. He has held visiting appointments in the law schools of the University of Southern California, University of Michigan, and Cornell University.

He has published dozens of articles on diverse subjects as voting rights, family law, employment rights, and spectrum utilization.

Polsby received his BA from Oakland University in 1964 and earned his JD magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota in 1971. Among the subjects he has taught are family law, constitutional law, and criminal law.

Write to at