New Dean At UCONN Law Is Local Lawyer

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\"fisher\"From an email sent today:

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that after an extensive national search, Mr. Timothy S. Fisher has been selected as the next dean of the University of Connecticut School of Law. He will assume the new position effective July 1, 2013. Tim is a visionary and charismatic leader who will develop and implement a strategic vision for the Law School to grow and thrive in a changing legal environment.

Tim has practiced law in Connecticut since 1978, and has achieved a national recognition for his accomplishments and expertise in construction law, family wealth disputes, commercial law, and alternative dispute resolution. He is currently a partner at McCarter & English, LLP, a firm of 360 attorneys with offices throughout the United States. During the past 16 years, he has taught extensively on ethics to practicing lawyers and students, and has published a treatise and numerous articles in professional journals. 

An individual who is deeply committed to public service, Tim has been appointed by two different governors of the state to serve on commissions related to justice and the courts, most recently in his current role as chair of the Commission on Judicial Compensation. He serves as president of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, which is both the primary funding source for legal aid in the state and the also sponsor of programs exploring issues of law and society.

Tim\’s experience has included extensive pro bono service, including such areas as marriage equality, prison conditions, non-profit governance, and volunteer criminal defense. He also led McCarter’s sponsorship of the Connecticut Innocence Project.

Tim is a past officer of the Connecticut Bar Association, and has led or co-led task forces for the association, including those on the Future of the Legal Profession, Confidentiality and the Courts, and the Future of Connecticut’s Probate Court System.

A native of New Haven, Tim received his B.A. in economics from Yale University in 1975 and his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1978. He lives in West Hartford with his wife, Dina S. Fisher, a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law.

We would like to express our thanks to Dean Robert McCarthy, Ms. Meg Tartsinis and the entire search committee ( for their diligent and thoughtful work throughout the entire search process.

We are thrilled to have someone of Tim’s experience, ability and vision to grow the School of Law.

Please join us in congratulating Tim and welcoming him to the UConn family!

Mun Y. Choi                 Sally M. Reis
Provost Vice                 Provost for Academic Affairs

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