Greg Brandes Named Dean of St. Francis School of Law

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Brandes brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the St. Francis program with more than 17 years spent as an administrator of legal education programs and 16 years of practicing law

St. Francis School of Law

“We are extremely pleased that Greg will be joining the St. Francis team and grateful for his commitment to our mission,” said Jill Langen, Ph.D., president of St. Francis School of Law.

St. Francis School of Law, an online Juris Doctorate degree program, has named Gregory J. Brandes its new Dean. St. Francis, established in 2011 and registered with the California Committee of Bar Examiners, is an innovative distance learning law school based in Newport Beach, Calif.

Brandes is a legal education pioneer, who in the late 1990s helped create Concord Law School, the first online law school in the U.S., where he also served as Dean from 2012 to 2014. In 2015, he co-edited, “Distance Learning in Legal Education: Design, Delivery and Recommended Practices,” a practical guide to starting and operating distance learning law programs.

He most recently served as Dean of San Francisco Law School and Executive Dean of Law and Forensics of Alliant International University. Brandes presently serves on the Rules Advisory Committee of the California Committee of Bar Examiners, helping the State Bar craft proposed rules for accrediting distance learning law schools. Dean Brandes is a member of the Colorado, Illinois and United States Supreme Court bars.

“We are extremely pleased that Greg will be joining the St. Francis team and grateful for his commitment to our mission,” said Jill Langen, Ph.D., president of St. Francis School of Law. “With more than 16 years of experience practicing law, and 17 years spent as an administrator of legal education programs, Greg brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the St. Francis program.”

Prior to becoming a legal educator, Brandes worked in corporate law and as a solo practitioner, as well as in business leadership roles with leading bar review companies. He has taught contracts, torts, criminal law, evidence and criminal procedure in law school, and numerous subjects in bar review. He also has lectured nationally on contract, business, privacy and employment law, among other topics.

“It's a great privilege to serve St. Francis at this juncture in its history…the School of Law has established itself as a respected leader in innovative legal education, by its impressive student outcomes, rigorous curriculum and quality faculty and staff,” said Brandes. “That said, there remain many opportunities, including accreditation, and a wider role for the law school in continuing legal education and professional development for our graduates. I look forward to working with everyone to make St. Francis even better than it is today."

A native of Crystal Lake, Ill. and current resident of Denver, Colo., Brandes is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law and Marycrest College of Davenport, Iowa.

About St. Francis School of Law
The vision of St. Francis School of Law is to build the world’s first elite online law school. Based in Newport Beach, Calif., the distance learning Juris Doctorate program’s mission is to produce graduates capable of practicing law immediately upon graduation through an accessible, high-quality program that emphasizes practical professional skills. St. Francis is the only not-for-profit online law school operating in the U.S. For more information, visit http://www.stfrancislaw.com.

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