UND Law School Dean’s finalists tour campus – Grand Forks Herald

GRAND FORKS – The four finalists for UND Law School Dean will visit campus next week

The candidates will participate in open forums, which will be held from March 23 to 29. Once selected, the new dean will succeed Michael McGinniss, who has served since 2019 and announced his intention to step down to return to a teaching position at the law school.

Open forums can be viewed online. Links to the online platform will be available on the

the Law School Dean’s Research website,

as well as information on the candidates and their academic backgrounds.

The finalists for the position of Dean and the dates they will visit campus are:

  • Brian A. Pappas: 12:05-1:00 p.m. Mar. 23.
  • Lumen “Lou” Mulligan: 12:05 p.m. – 1 p.m. March 24.
  • Fareed Nassor Hayat: 12:05-1:00 p.m. March 28.
  • Bradley Myers: 12:05 p.m. to 1 p.m. March 29.

Pappas is an academic administrator, faculty member, and mediator specializing in organizational development, collaboration, conflict management, and high-impact experiential learning. He served from 2019 to 2022 as Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs at Eastern Michigan University, where he oversaw recruitment, retention, policy development, tenure and promotion, collective bargaining and conflict management for 750 teachers. Previously, he worked for 10 years at Michigan State University College of Law as a Clinical Professor, Associate Director of ADR and Director of the Conflict Resolution Clinic.

Brian A. Pappas


Mulligan currently holds the Earl B. Shurtz Chair of Research at the University of Kansas Law School. He has received teaching awards from the student body five times over the past 10 years. He holds many leadership positions at KU Law, including former associate dean, chair of the bar-passage initiative, and as a faculty advisor for the Black Law Students Association. He oversees KU Law’s two Medico-Legal Partnership Clinics, overseeing more than 1,150 annual referrals from indigent clients on a multitude of poverty law issues.

Lumen “Lou” Mulligan


Hayat is the Acting Senior Associate Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Law at City University New York School of Law. He is a first-generation high school graduate, college graduate, and lawyer. He is chair of the Standing Academic Committee, member of the Curriculum, Recruitment, Personnel, and Budget Committee, and the Executive Group of the CUNY School of Law. Hayat teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, advocacy and advocacy. Prior to joining law school, he was co-director of the Criminal Justice Clinic at Howard University School of Law.

Farid Nassor Hayat


Myers is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Administration, and the Randy H. Lee Professor at the UND School of Law. Myers joined the faculty in 2001 and teaches federal income tax, trusts and estates, and estate planning. Myers served as acting dean of the law school for the 2018-2019 academic year. He has held positions in several state and national legal organizations. Former Governor John Hoeven appointed him one of North Dakota’s commissioners to the Uniform Law Commission in 2007, and he has served on several Uniform Act drafting committees in the area of ​​trusts and estates. He became a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2016.


Jon J. Epps