Announcing Marcilynn Burke as the next Dean of Oregon Law

A letter to the Oregon Law community from Dean Moffitt

Mar 15, 2017

Dear Law School Community,

I am delighted to share the news that Marcilynn Burke will become the next Dean of our Law School, beginning July 1. 

Professor and Associate Dean Burke has a deep understanding both of individual service and of the importance of the legal academy within society. She brings with her an impressive list of accomplishments and scholarship. 

Burke currently serves as associate dean and associate professor of law at the University of Houston, where she joined the faculty in 2002. Her experience and legal expertise are a tremendous complement to the excellent work of our faculty.  Burke received her bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her law degree from Yale Law School. At Yale, she was an editor for both the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism and the Yale Journal of International Law. After receiving tenure at UH in 2009, Burke took a leave of absence to serve at the US Department of the Interior as deputy director for programs and policy at the Bureau of Land Management. Please read the formal announcement in Around the O.

I am proud of the faculty, staff, and students of our law school. Your creativity, passion, hard work and shared commitment to excellence have created exciting momentum for our school over the last six years. I look forward to working with Professor and Associate Dean Burke as she assumes the leadership of this incredible law school.



Michael Moffitt
Philip H. Knight Chair in Law
University of Oregon School of Law
1221 University of Oregon,  Eugene OR USA 97403