Duquesne University School of Law

Interim Dean Lally-Green welcomes students, announces new associate deans

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The School of Law’s interim dean this month welcomed students and faculty to a new academic year and announced the leaders in her administration.  

Interim Dean Maureen Lally-Green, L’74, hosted a Meet the Deans event for students and led meetings for full-time and adjunct faculty members during the first week of classes. She used the occasions to outline the roles of two new associate deans, Martha W. Jordan, associate dean of academic affairs, and Jacob H. Rooksby, associate dean of administration.  

“I have great confidence in the abilities [of Jordan and Rooksby] to help move our law school in positive directions,” Lally-Green said in a letter inviting students to meet the new deans, “and I hope you will join me in welcoming them to their new positions.”  

Jordon, an associate professor of law, has served the School of Law in numerous committee roles in recent years, including as chair of the Faculty Recruitment Committee. She now oversees all academic affairs and policies as associate dean. She also continues to teach and research in the areas of property, federal taxation, and estate planning. Jordon earned a J.D. degree from the University of Arizona Law School and an LL.M. degree from the University of Denver Law School.  

Rooksby, an assistant professor, advises the interim dean on administrative issues. In addition to his leadership role, Rooksby teaches courses in torts, intellectual property topics, corporate governance, and social media and the law; and he continues his scholarship on the impact of intellectual property law and policy on higher education. Rooksby earned J.D., M.Ed. (social foundations of education), and Ph.D. (higher education) degrees from the University of Virginia.  

Lally-Green noted in her welcome letter that the law school will continue its long-standing “open door” policy, which allows students to drop in and meet with faculty and deans.

In addition to Jordon and Rooksby, Lally-Green’s administration includes Frank Liu, associate dean for legal programs, Wes Oliver, associate dean for faculty scholarship, and Ella Kwisnek, assistant dean of students and vice dean of the evening division.

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