Haider Ala Hamoudi Appointed Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs; Deborah Brake as Assoc. Dean of Research and Faculty Dev.

Haider Ala Hamoudi

Professor Haider Ala Hamoudi, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, will become Associate Dean for Academic Affairs effective July 1, 2017, assuming the role from Nancy M. Burkoff, Associate Professor of Legal Writing, upon her retirement. Deborah L. Brake, the John E. Murray Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law, will be named Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, effective July 1, 2017.

Hamoudi became Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development in June 2013. Since that time, Pitt Law has enjoyed consistently high faculty scholarship reputation rankings in U.S. News and World Report and high readership and engagement on the Social Science Research Network.

Professor Hamoudi is a world recognized expert in Middle Eastern and Islamic Law.  His most recent work explores the manner in which tribal law, religious law and state law interact in southern Iraq, in particular as it concerns dispute resolutions in both family law and commercial matters. Professor Hamoudi has also published a book with the University of Chicago Press on the Iraq Constitution, and he has written dozens of law review articles on Iraqi law, Islamic law and Islamic finance. He received the Robert T. Harper Award of Excellence in Teaching in 2014.

“I am honored to serve as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs because I share in the law school’s goals of fostering an inclusive environment, valuing experiential learning experiences, and expanding access to the legal profession,” Hamoudi said.

Deborah Brake

Brake is a renowned expert on employment discrimination, Title IX, and gender equality law. Her published works include over twenty-five law review articles, in such publications as the Georgetown Law Journal, the Minnesota Law Review, and the William & Mary Law Review, in addition to a book published by N.Y.U. Press and multiple book chapters. Her work has been cited and relied on by courts, including twice in the U.S. Supreme Court.  

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to support our faculty, already strong producers of high quality scholarship, in ensuring their work receives the attention it deserves,” said Brake.

 “Both Professor Brake and Professor Hamoudi are distinguished teachers, accomplished academic leaders, and esteemed scholars,” said William M. Carter, Jr., Dean of Pitt Law. “Their commitment to our core mission of teaching, research, and service and their understanding of the Law School’s strengths and opportunities make them the ideal choices for these vital leadership roles.”