College of Law remembers Dean Emeritus Hannah R. Arterian


Hannah R. Arterian, Dean Emeritus of Syracuse University College of Law who oversaw the construction and opening of the school’s state-of-the-art facility, Dineen Hall, died April 8 in Los Angeles. She was 72 years old.

Hannah Arterian

Arterian served as Dean of the School of Law from 2003 to 2015. During her tenure, she increased the quality and size of the college’s faculty, diversified educational opportunities for students, and brought Dineen Hall to life, one of the most ambitious construction projects in the University’s history. The College of Law moved into Dineen Hall, a 200,000 square foot building on the west side of campus, in August 2014. The building brought the law school community under one roof for the first time and was listed as one of the most architecturally attractive law school buildings in the world.

“Our law school community mourns the loss of Dean Emeritus Hannah Arterian,” said Craig Boise, dean of the law school. “Her leadership and influence, her impact on the lives of countless alumni, faculty and staff, and her many accomplishments as Dean, including the successful fundraising campaign that gave us Dineen Hall, will forever be part of of our history.”

Arterian grew up in Staten Island and attended Elmira College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature magna cum laude in 1970 and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She attended the University of Iowa College of Law, where she was the first woman to hold an editorial position in the Iowa Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif.

After earning his JD, Arterian worked for the New York law firm Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer & Wood, practicing corporate tax law. She then returned to the University of Iowa Law School as a visiting professor and joined the faculty in 1978, one of the first women to teach at the college.

Arterian then held teaching positions at Arizona State University (ASU) and the University of Houston law schools before returning to ASU in 1985. Arterian became the first woman to hold the position of associate dean of the college in 1992. When she began teaching at ASU in 1979, she was the only woman on the college’s law school and only the second to hold a professorship in living memory. There she taught courses on labor relations, employment law, employment discrimination, and wrote in the area of ​​Title VII, particularly on the dilemmas of pregnant women employed in chemically toxic work environments. .

She was named the 11th dean of Syracuse University’s College of Law – and the second woman appointed to the position – in 2002. She raised $1 million in her first year in office and laid the groundwork financial success and opportunities for the school. Arterian has cultivated a diverse and accomplished faculty, developed relationships with alumni around the world, and recruited many members of the college’s advisory board, with the long-term goal of improving the quality of the college’s legal education and build a new building.

Arterian introduced an expanded orientation program for incoming students at the College of Law, which included alumni from across the United States, as well as formal ceremonies to welcome new students to the college. One of his main projects was to create the law school alumni association, as well as to reinvigorate alumni’s ties with the school.

She worked with colleagues to forge strong relationships with Korean alumni by attending annual reunions and alumni events in Seoul. These visits included visiting the Korean Constitutional Court and discussing US and Korean Supreme Court decisions with Korean Supreme Court justices. These international relationships have also been cultivated through Arterian’s work with colleagues to further develop the Law in London programme. Many programs and institutes, such as the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (now the Institute for Security Policy and Law); the Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics and the Media; the Veterans Legal Clinic (now the Betty and Michael D. Wohl Veterans Legal Clinic); Securities, Arbitration and Consumer Law Clinic; Elder Law Clinic; and the Clerkship Program, were created, expanded and/or fostered under Arterian’s leadership.

Along with his colleagues and the advisory board, Arterian raised $40 million to build Dineen Hall, one of the nation’s premier legal establishments. “It is part of the philosophy of this place. She was a visionary,” says Alexandra Epsilanty L’92, former Associate Dean of Law School Advancement and close colleague at Arterian. “Dineen Hall and the education of the next generation of legal minds is part of her legacy. She fought tooth and nail for law school. It was like one of his children. She cared about the law because she cared about civil society.

During his tenure at ASU and the College of Law, Arterian worked with the American Bar Association (ABA) to conduct on-site inspections of law schools across the country and assess the qualifications of judicial candidates. Federal, and has served on committees for the ABA. , as well as the American Association of Law Schools. She was also co-editor, with Jeremy Paul, of the SSRN Journal on Legal Education. In 2007, Arterian assisted in the vetting process for then-vice presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden Jr. L’68. In 2009, she joined AccessLex Institute (formerly Access Group), a non-profit organization comprised of representatives from accredited law schools with a mission to fund education and manage law graduate debt, as well as exploring lending options and advocating lending policies. After becoming a member of its executive committee in 2011, Arterian was elected chair of the AccessLex board of directors in 2014.

Arterian is survived by his children, William Furnish, Susannah Arterian, Diana Arterian and Cordelia Arterian; three granddaughters, Marnie and Celeste Arterian, and Helena Muñoz Furnish, and her sister, Susan Arterian.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Syracuse at the Melanie Gray Ceremonial Courtroom of the College of Law at Dineen Hall, 950 Irving Ave., on Sunday, May 8 at 2 p.m. A Celebration of Life in Phoenix, Arizona will be held at Changing Mains Newton, 300 W. Camelback Rd. on Saturday, May 28 at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to organizations dear to Arterian – the Fresh Air Fund, the Humane Society Legislative Fund, or to your own alma mater or institution of learning.


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