LMU Names Brietta Clark, J.D., as Next Fritz B. Burns Dean of LMU Loyola Law School

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Loyola Marymount University has named Brietta Clark, J.D., as the next Fritz B. Burns Dean of LMU Loyola Law School. The appointment makes Clark the first woman and Black dean in the law school’s history.

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In a historic move, Loyola Marymount University (LMU) announced that it has appointed Brietta Clark, J.D., as the new Fritz B. Burns Dean of LMU Loyola Law School. This makes Clark, who is the 19th dean of the law school, the first woman to hold the position and also the first Black dean in the law school’s history. Dean Clark has served as interim dean since July 16, 2023.

Loyola Marymount University has named Brietta Clark, J.D., as the next Fritz B. Burns Dean of LMU Loyola Law School. The appointment makes Clark the first woman and Black dean in the law school’s history.
“I am thrilled to welcome Brietta Clark as the new Fritz B. Burns Dean of LMU Loyola Law School,” said LMU Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas Poon, Ph.D. “Her unparalleled expertise, combined with her passion for advancing research and education and her commitment to diversity and inclusion, makes her an exceptional leader to propel our law school into a future of excellence and innovation.”

Since joining the law school faculty in 2001, Clark has been instrumental in developing and implementing the law school’s strategic vision. During her tenure, she has served in numerous leadership roles in addition to interim dean, including associate dean for faculty from 2015-20. Clark also served as the co-chair of the Law School Strategic Planning Committee, chairing both the Tenure Review and Tenure-Track Appointments committees, helping to develop equitable practices in recruiting and retaining diverse faculty.