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Western New England University School of Law Announces Interim Dean

SPRINGFIELD, MA (04/05/2022) Beth D. Cohen, Professor in the Western New England University School of Law and former WNE Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, has been named the Interim Dean of the School of Law by Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Maria Toyoda. Professor Cohen will provide interim leadership following the departure of current Dean Sudha Setty, who will begin her new role as Dean of the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law on July 1.”Professor Cohen was the first female Associate Dean at our School of Law, and the longest serving, working with three Deans. The community and I have the greatest confidence in her leadership-she’s earned our trust and proven her abilities time and again,” stated Provost Toyoda.

A School of Law professor since 1990, Professor Cohen has also served as the Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program since 1999. Cohen was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2009-2020 and the Director of the Academic Support Program from 1994-2008. She teaches Lawyering Skills, Externship Seminar, Professional Responsibility, and Mindfulness in Law Practice, and has written a number of articles in the areas of legal education, legal writing, civic education, and name change law.

Professor Cohen graduated cum laude from Suffolk University Law School and earned a Diploma in Advanced International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria, from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge Law School. Professor Cohen also cofounded and codirected the popular civic education Mini-Law School Program at WNE.”I’m grateful that Professor Cohen has agreed to serve as Interim Dean, and I look forward to working more closely with her,” Provost Toyoda said. “She is an outstanding teacher whose service to the University is greatly appreciated. She has filled important leadership roles across the University, including serving on several University-wide committees and in her roles as faculty liaison to the First-Generation Law Student Support Group and Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program.”

A search committee will be appointed to conduct a national search for a new School of Law Dean. Professor Cohen will hold her position until a new Dean is appointed.

Cohen resides in Belchertown, MA.

Western New England University (WNE) is a private, nationally ranked, comprehensive institution with a focus on preparing work-ready and world-ready graduates. Founded in 1919 in Springfield, Massachusetts as a division of Northeastern College, WNE’s 215-acre suburban campus serves more than 3,700 students, including over 2,500 full-time undergraduates. More than 47,000 alumni have earned degrees through its 90+ undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs at Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and School of Law. Students come from 39 U.S. states and territories and 23 countries. Of 45,104 living alumni, 30% remain within the region, residing in the four Western Massachusetts counties and northern Connecticut.

WNE is classified among nationally ranked universities in US News and World Report, and among the Top 100 Undergraduate Engineering programs, and in the Doctoral/Professional Universities category in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.