Mary Lu BilekMary Lu Bilek is dean of CUNY School of Law, an institution where she has devoted most of her career. She has led initiatives promoting student-centered instruction, developing
and implementing CUNY Law’s innovative curriculum for practice, and spearheading programs that have increased the diversity of the legal profession. In 2007, she launched
the Pipeline to Justice program which has increased the diversity of the law school and enhanced the profession by producing over 100 attorneys who had been denied entry to
law school.

In 2012, Dean Bilek was appointed dean of the University of Massachusetts School of Law, charged to lead the state’s only public law school to full accreditation. Under her
leadership, UMass Law saw a 150% increase in applications, a rise in academic credentials, and a 10% increase of students of color in the entering class. The law school
also launched the Justice Bridge Legal Center, a law incubator that supports graduates in solo practice serving clients of modest financial means.

Dean Bilek serves on the board of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice. She is a member of the Council on the Profession, and the Committee to Enhance
Diversity in the Profession, at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She was named one of the “Most Influential People in Legal Education” by The National Jurist.

Dean Bilek serves as an ABA Site Visit Team leader, and has served on the ABA Special Committee on the Professional Education Continuum, and chaired the Section on Legal Education Diversity Committee. She co-authored Twenty Years After the MacCrate Report: A Review of the Current State of the Legal Education Continuum and the Challenges Facing the Academy, Bar and Judiciary in 2013. She served on the
Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission and the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation. She presents regularly on issues related to the future of legal education, diversity in legal education, the bar examination, access to justice, legal incubators, and legal pipeline programs.

Dean Bilek earned her B.A. summa cum laude from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana and her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. She practiced law for five years with the firm Paul, Weiss before first joining CUNY Law.

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