Dean Boise began his tenure as the 12th dean of Syracuse University College of Law on July 1, 2016. He is an innovative legal educator whose focus has been successfully navigating the technology and human resources disruptions that are occurring in legal services and in legal education. Before coming to Syracuse, he was Dean and Joseph C. Hostetler-BakerHostetler Chair in Law at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland–Marshall College of Law, where he established one of the country’s first solo practice incubators, developed a master’s degree in legal studies, and launched the Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection, among other student-focused initiatives.
Boise has held faculty positions at DePaul University College of Law, where he was also director of the Graduate Tax Program, and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and was a Visiting Professor of Law at Washington & Lee University School of Law. His scholarship has focused on US corporate and international tax policy and offshore financial centers, and has been published in the Texas International Law Journal, the George Mason Law Review, and the Minnesota Law Review, among others. He has taught International Tax, Corporate Tax, International Tax Policy and Federal Income Taxation.
Before beginning his academic career, Boise practiced law for over eight years at law firms including Cleary Gottlieb and Akin Gump, in New York, and Thompson Hine, in Cleveland. Before entering private practice, he clerked for the Honorable Pasco M. Bowman II of the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Boise earned his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law (1999) and his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School (1994). He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science, summa cum laude, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (1991), where he also completed substantial coursework toward a degree in piano performance at the University’s Conservatory of Music.
Boise is a member of the New York and Ohio Bars. A fellow of the American Bar Foundation, he was also a member of the American Bar Association’s Standards Review Committee, and serves as a member of the Steering Committee of the American Association of Law School’s Deans’ Forum.