Diller Concludes Term as Cardozo Dean

Matthew Diller to Conclude Six Years of Service as Cardozo’s Dean in June 2015

Matthew Diller will leave his position as the dean of Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at the end of the academic year in June 2015 to become the dean of Fordham Law School, where he spent 16 years as a professor and associate dean.

Diller“Dean Diller’s achievements for Cardozo have been outstanding,” said David Samson, chairman of the Cardozo Board of Overseers. “Cardozo has been fortunate to have Matthew’s leadership, and we wish him all the best as he returns to his original academic home.”

During his tenure, Dean Diller worked with board members and faculty to expand ties within the New York legal community; to create new clinics, including the Indie Film Clinic, the Tech Startup Clinic, the Youth Justice Clinic, and the Civil Rights Clinic; and to expand fundraising campaigns. He built on Cardozo’s leadership in intellectual property law with new courses and initiatives in Internet and information law, e-discovery, technology, fashion, and entertainment law; and he pioneered a first-of-its kind job program for recent graduates based on a medical residency model.

“I am exceedingly proud of the work we have done over the past six academic years at Cardozo,” said Dean Diller. “And I look forward to building on those achievements over the next six months to ensure a stable transition for the future growth of this great law school. I am grateful to President Joel and his team for their support of me personally, and of Cardozo Law.”

In an email to Cardozo faculty and administrators Dean Diller said, “Your commitment to excellence and your deep sense of community define the law school. I cherish my associations and friendships here. Moreover, I believe we have charted a course for the school that will serve as the foundation for years ahead.”

“By any measure Matthew has been an outstanding dean,” said Professor David Rudenstine, the former Cardozo dean. “When one considers that Matthew’s extraordinary accomplishments occurred during a time when law schools across the nation have confronted enormous challenges, they take on a herculean character. Matthew will be profoundly missed, but his enduring gifts to Cardozo have transformed and strengthened the law school.”

YU President Richard M. Joel and Provost Selma Botman have initiated a transition process, in consultation with the Cardozo faculty and the Cardozo Board of Overseers, for the appointment of a new dean.

“Every day on the job Matthew demonstrated passion and integrity,” said President Joel. “He made the interests of Cardozo students and faculty his compass, and he helped steer Cardozo through a challenging time in the legal world. We thank him for his service.”