Dean Ronald Weich
Professor of LawAssistant to the Dean: Shavaun O'Brien
John and Frances Angelos Law Center
J.D., Yale Law School, 1983
B.A., Columbia University, 1980
Weich was named dean of the School of Law in 2012, following a lengthy career in government in which he served as an assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice during the Obama administration and as chief counsel to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
Weich served as chief counsel to Sen. Reid from 2007 to 2009 and in a similar capacity when Reid was minority leader from 2005 to 2006. As principal legal adviser to the Democratic leader, Weich helped to manage Senate floor activity on Judiciary Committee bills and judicial nominations and coordinated related activities of the Democratic caucus. Weich played a key staff role in the enactment of the 2007 ethics reform law, the 2008 amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and other significant legislation.
Weich was nominated to his post at the Justice Department in April 2009 and was confirmed the following month. As the assistant attorney general for legislative affairs, Weich developed and implemented strategies to advance the department's legislative priorities, coordinated the department's response to congressional oversight, and guided nominees through the Senate confirmation process.
To learn more about Dean Weich and his scholarship, please visit his faculty profile.