Anthony W. Crowell is the 16th Dean and President of New York Law School (NYLS). He also teaches courses on state and local government law. As a first-generation student and a long-time New York City public servant, Dean Crowell proudly reintroduced NYLS as New York’s law school. The motto illustrates NYLS’s commitment to building a legal profession that reflects the diverse populations it serves. It also underscores NYLS’s identity as the only law school in Lower Manhattan, the epicenter of the world’s economy. Under Dean Crowell’s leadership, NYLS issued its first comprehensive Strategic Plan, annual progress reports on that plan, and a new 2020 Strategic Plan; published an Institutional Diversity Plan, one of the first such plans in American legal education; and built an Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The School also adopted a dynamic and successful new curriculum—Think BIG, strengthened academic and bar support programs, and dramatically expanded clinical and experiential learning programs to leverage New York City as the ultimate classroom.
Prior to his appointment, Dean Crowell served as Counselor to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. For more than a decade in City Hall, he successfully managed a broad portfolio of legal, regulatory, legislative, governance, administrative, and operational matters focused on enhancing New York City’s performance, competitiveness, accountability, and public integrity. He also served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the New York City Law Department’s Tax & Condemnation and Legal Counsel Divisions, where he handled complex litigation, advised on the legality of disputed policy issues, and drafted legislation and regulations for the Mayor and city agencies. In 2001, he was counsel to the city’s Family Assistance Center, aiding families of 9/11 victims and directing the city’s World Trade Center Death Certificate Program.
Dean Crowell began his legal career at the International City/County Management Association, where he assisted in the preparation of amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court in numerous cases involving constitutional federalism. He received his B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied urban policy, and his J.D. cum laude from American University.
Dean Crowell is a 1987 recipient of the bronze Congressional Award.