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March 30, 2000

Burkoff named associate law dean

John M. Burkoff has been named associate dean of the School of Law effective July 2000.

He replaces Rhonda Wasserman, who will return to the law faculty.

Pitt professor of law since 1976, Burkoff is an author, teacher, public speaker, lawyer and expert witness. He has published eight books and over 50 articles in the areas of criminal justice, human rights and legal ethics.

A 1987 recipient of the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award at Pitt, Burkoff also has been nominated by the University for the national "Professor of the Year" award.

A graduate of the University of Michigan (A.B., J.D.) and Harvard University (LL.M.), Burkoff has been involved with legal projects and legal education around the world.

Burkoff also has worked for U.S. embassies abroad on human rights projects in Burundi and Kenya, and on draft legislation or litigation for the governments of Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, and Ethiopia.

In addition, Burkoff has twice taught on Semester at Sea. He was the academic dean on the fall 1996 voyage.

Burkoff, who served as a Ford Foundation Fellow at Harvard Law School, is a past chairperson of the Criminal Justice Section of the Association of American Law Schools.

He was the first chairperson of Pittsburgh's Citizen Police Review Board. gh

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