Craig M. Boise is the 12th Dean (installed July 1, 2016) and Professor of Law at Syracuse University College of Law, where he has established a reputation as one of legal education’s leading innovators.
During his nine years as a law school dean, he has established one of the nation’s two largest hybrid online J.D. programs, the first online joint J.D./M.B.A. program, one of the earliest Master of Legal Studies programs for non-lawyers, the nation’s first law-school based incubator for solo practitioners, and a “risk-free” J.D. program granting a master’s degree in law to students who elect not to pursue a law career after successfully completing their first year of law school.
Before coming to Syracuse, Dean Boise was Dean and Joseph C. Hostetler-BakerHostetler Chair in Law at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland–Marshall College of Law. He 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. He has taught a variety of tax courses, and his scholarship on US corporate and international tax policy and offshore financial centers has been published in the Texas International Law Journal, the George Mason Law Review, and the Minnesota Law Review, among others.
Before beginning his academic career, Dean Boise practiced tax law for more than eight years at Cleary Gottlieb and Akin Gump, in New York, and at Thompson Hine, in Cleveland, OH. He clerked for the Hon. Pasco M. Bowman II, of the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Dean Boise earned his LL.M. in Taxation from NYU, his J.D. from the University of Chicago, and his bachelor’s degree in political science, summa cum laude, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he also completed substantial coursework in piano performance at the university’s Conservatory of Music.
Dean Boise a former member of the ABA’s Standards Review Committee and the Steering Committee of the AALS’s Deans’ Forum. In 2018, he served as Co-Chair of the transition team for New York Attorney General Tish James. He is a member of the New York State Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law and is admitted to the bar in New York and Ohio.