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College of Law names Marc Falkoff as acting associate dean

December 11, 2015
Marc Falkoff

Marc Falkoff

Marc Falkoff, an associate professor in the NIU College of Law, has been named acting associate dean. He replaces Dave Gaebler, who has retired from the position.

Falkoff will continue to teach courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, post-conviction remedies, the federal courts and lawyering skills.

“We have been very fortunate to have Marc sharing his insights on criminal law and its practices,” said Mark Cordes, interim dean of NIU Law.

“In his most recent role as director of Faculty Development, he has also demonstrated his strengths in providing direction and support for his fellow faculty,” Cordes added. “In his new role, I look forward to working with him – building on his academic and administrative successes with various NIU Law communities.”

“Dean Gaebler has made an indelible mark in his role as associate dean,” Falkoff said. “I am excited at the opportunity to continue his work with faculty, students and alumni in moving this great school forward.”

Falkoff’s primary research and teaching interests are in the rule of law and the practice of public interest law. Since 2004, he has represented a number of prisoners being held by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay on suspicion of involvement with terrorism. He is a noted scholar on the subject and has published several articles about detention policies and the War on Terror.

For this work, he was named the Charles F.C. Ruff Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year in 2005 by his former law firm, Covington & Burling LLP. He received the Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award in 2007 from the Southern Center for Human Rights and the Bill of Rights in Action Award in 2008 from the Constitutional Rights Foundation in Chicago.

He has taught at NIU Law since 2006. In 2009, he received the NIU Foundation Award for Faculty Excellence.

Falkoff is a graduate of Columbia Law School and holds a Ph.D. in American literature from Brandeis University, an M.A. from the University of Michigan and a B.A from the University of Pennsylvania.