Anthony Crowell

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Anthony Crowell
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Born Anthony W. Crowell
August 25, 1970
Long Branch, New Jersey
Education B.A., Magna Cum Laude, University of Pennsylvania; J.D., Cum Laude, American University Washington College of Law
Occupation Dean and President of New York Law School; Former Counselor to Michael Bloomberg

Anthony W. Crowell (born August 25, 1970) is the current Dean and President of New York Law School.[1] He started in May 2012 after serving for more than 10 years as Counselor to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He has taught courses in state and local government law at New York Law School and Brooklyn Law School.[1][2] He is also Board Chair of the Brooklyn Public Library,[1][2] serves on the board of the Citizens Union Foundation, and is a member of the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board.[3] He is a former board member of the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

Education and Early Career[edit]

Crowell received a B.A., magna cum laude, in 1992 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied urban policy, and a J.D., cum laude, from American University’s Washington College of Law in 1997. He is a member of the bars of New York and New Jersey. From 1992 to 1997, after college and through law school, Crowell worked at the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) in Washington, D.C., managing the association’s government affairs and policy committee.[1][2]

New York City Government[edit]

After law school, Crowell served as Assistant Corporation Counsel in the New York City Law Department, in its Tax & Condemnation Division and Legal Counsel Division (1997–2002). In 2001, he directed New York City’s World Trade Center Death Certificate Program and was counsel at the city’s Family Assistance Center, aiding families of victims of the September 11 attacks. In these roles, Crowell facilitated cross-agency cooperation to fast-track death certificates and paperwork for victims of the attacks of September 11. Crowell also oversaw the direction of aid to the victims' families.[4]

Crowell served as Special Counsel to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg from 2002 to 2006. In 2004, Crowell wrote the key legal opinion supporting the Bloomberg administration’s decision to honor same-sex marriages performed in Canada and Massachusetts.[5] In 2005, Crowell led the development of the nonpartisan Video Voter Guide. The guide informed NYC voters and gave free TV airtime to all candidates who wished to participate during the 2005 New York City election.[6]

Crowell was then appointed Counselor to Mayor Bloomberg, serving in that capacity until 2012. In that role, he managed legal, regulatory, legislative, governance, administrative, and operational matters focused on enhancing the performance, competitiveness, accountability, and public integrity of New York City. He also coordinated and oversaw New York City agencies, boards, and commissions, and led government reform efforts and business process re-engineering initiatives.[1][2]

In October 2008, Crowell delivered testimony, along with Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo, on Intro. 845-A before the New York City Council Committee on Governmental Operations, concerning the extension of term limits. He also chaired the Regulatory Review Panel, which sought to streamline rules to reduce fines and undue burden on city businesses.[7][8]

Crowell served on all four of Mayor Bloomberg’s NYC Charter Revision Commissions. Crowell was appointed to be Co-Executive Director of the 2002 Charter Revision Commission, which placed a ballot proposal that dealt with Mayoral succession.[9][10] He was appointed as Chief Counsel to the 2003 Charter Revision Commission, which placed a proposal on the ballot to have a nonpartisan voting system for all elected city offices.[11][12] Crowell served as a member of the 2004 Commission, which reviewed the budget, judicial conduct, and other practices outlined in the city charter.[13][14] Crowell also served as a member of the 2010 Commission, which primarily dealt with the proposed extension of mayoral term limits.[7][15][16]

Academic career[edit]

Crowell was named Dean and President of New York Law School in February 2012, following a unanimous vote of the Law School's Board of Trustees.[17] He also joined the faculty as Professor of Law and Distinguished Practitioner.[18][19][20][21] He originally joined New York Law School in 2003 as an adjunct professor and continues to teach a course on New York City law there. He previously taught a course in state and local government law at Brooklyn Law School for 12 years.

After being appointed Dean in 2012, Crowell set out to improve NYLS’ rankings and reintroduce NYLS as “New York’s Law School”.[22] In 2012, New York Law School had the worst pass rate for first-time candidates who took the July bar exam, among 15 law schools in New York state. Crowell was "very disappointed" with these results,[23] leading him to implement a "Jump Start" bar prep program that compensated students $500 for studying for the bar. The Jump Start program was successful in increasing the school's bar passage rate. From 2012 to 2013, New York Law School saw the highest jump in bar passage rate in New York State.[24]

Since joining the school full-time, Crowell has worked with the faculty to develop the School's new top-to-bottom Strategic Plan.[25] The plan embraces the structural changes in the legal marketplace, focuses on student and community engagement, scholarship, and has helped to shepherd a historic expansion of clinical and experiential learning using New York City as the classroom.[26] The Strategic Plan was informed by a full scale operational review that the Dean and his team undertook to evaluate and implement new methods required for modern law school management.

In September 2013, Crowell announced that New York Law School would offer a two-year J.D. honors program, beginning in January 2015, which will cost no more than two-thirds of a traditional J.D. program at the Law School.[27][28] In recognition of the two-year program and other innovations, Crains New York Business included him in its list of “People to Watch in Higher Education.”[29] Crowell was also interviewed by New York Public Radio[30] and Bloomberg Law[31] about the two-year program.[32]

In April 2015, Crowell announced the creation of a partnership between NYLS and the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School. The partnership combines the educational capacities of both institutions to provide a collaborative legal and business education for students in NYLS’ Tribeca campus.[33][34] Crowell has also overseen the development of the Joe Plumeri Center for Social Justice and Economic Opportunity, which supports free legal services provided by the NYLS pro bono law firm through a $5 million gift from businessman Joe Plumeri.[35]

Under Crowell’s leadership, NYLS has risen from unranked in 2013 to #111 in 2016 in U.S. News and World Report’s annual U.S. law school rankings.[36][37][38][39]

Professional Affiliations[edit]

Selected Publications, Articles, and Op-eds[edit]

  • Real Estate Issues: Toxic Tax Assessments - The Ad Valorem Assessment of Contaminated Property[45]
  • ICMA: Local Government and the Telecommunications Act of 1996[46]
  • ICMA: Playing in the Gray: Quality of Life and the Municipal Bond Rating Game[47]
  • New York Law Journal: Benefits of Urban Law Schools for Students[48]
  • NYLS Law Review: Forward on History of Charter Revisions[49]


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  3. ^ New York City Council Resolution
  4. ^ "Public Service in a Time of Crisis". Fordham University School of Law. Fordham Urban Law Journal. 2003. Retrieved July 15, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Bloomberg Will Honor Gay Unions". NY Daily News. April 5, 2005. Retrieved 2016-07-15. 
  6. ^ "New York City Launches Video Voter Guide". Retrieved 2016-07-15. 
  7. ^ a b Hicks, Sewell Chan and Jonathan P. "The Term Limits Hearings, Thursday Afternoon". Retrieved 2016-07-15. 
  8. ^ Grynbaum, Michael M. "The Mayor's Lawyer Is Moving On". Retrieved 2016-07-15. 
  9. ^ "New York City 2002 Charter Revision Commission Report" (PDF). September 3, 2002. Retrieved July 15, 2016. 
  10. ^ Barry, Francis S. (2009-04-28). The Scandal of Reform: The Grand Failures of New York's Political Crusaders and the Death of Nonpartisanship. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 9780813548692. 
  11. ^ Macchiarola, Frank J. "It Is Time For Non-Partisan Elections In NYC". Retrieved 2016-07-15. 
  12. ^ "New York City 2003 Charter Revision Commission Final Report" (PDF). September 4, 2003. Retrieved July 15, 2016. 
  13. ^ Hu, Winnie (2004-08-20). "Bloomberg Names Charter Panel On the Judiciary and the Budget". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-07-15. 
  14. ^ "New York City 2004-2005 Charter Revision Commission Final Report" (PDF). August 2, 2005. Retrieved July 15, 2016. 
  15. ^ Muzzio, Douglas. "Bloomberg Moves to Change the City Charter, But How?". Retrieved 2016-07-15. 
  16. ^ "New York City 2010 Charter Revision Commission Final Report" (PDF). August 23, 2010. Retrieved July 15, 2016. 
  17. ^ Grynbaum, Michael M. "The Mayor's Lawyer Is Moving On". Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  18. ^ New York City Press Release Mayor Bloomberg Announces Counselor to the Mayor Anthony W. Crowell Will Leave City Government to Become the Next Dean and President of New York Law School, February 29, 2012
  19. ^ New York Law School Press Release Anthony W. Crowell, Counselor to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Named 16th Dean and President of New York Law School, February 29, 2012
  20. ^ Veteran Political Hand to Lead New York Law School The National Law Journal, February 29, 2012
  21. ^ The Mayor's Lawyer is Moving On The New York Times, February 29, 2012
  22. ^ "Dean Limelight: Anthony Crowell, New York Law School". 2015-06-09. Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  23. ^ Eight Law Schools Post Lower Bar Pass Rates Archived May 14, 2015, at the Wayback Machine., Michael J. Paquette, New York Law Journal, 11 Dec 2012.
  24. ^ Brooklyn Law School Wows With 94% Bar Passage Rate, Charisma L. Miller, Esq., Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 26 Nov 2013.
  25. ^ NYLS Strategy July 2013
  26. ^ New York Law School Press Release New York Law School Undertakes Historic Expansion Of Its Clinical And Experiential Learning Programs, April 9, 2013
  27. ^ New York Law School Press Release New York Law School Announces Two-Year Honors Program, September 5, 2013
  28. ^ Ha, Yoona. "New York Law School launches 2-year degree". Crain's New York Business. Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  29. ^ Crain's New York Business People to Watch in Higher Education, October 13, 2013
  30. ^ WNYC News Law School in Two Years?, September 4, 2013
  31. ^ Bloomberg Law Dean: Law Firms 'Support' NYLS's 2 Year Degree Program, September 19, 2013
  32. ^ Eddings, Amy (September 4, 2013). "Law School in 2 Years?". WNYC. Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  33. ^ Geiger, Daniel. "New York Law School seeks to partner with business school at its TriBeCa space". Crain's New York Business. Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  34. ^ "Public Law Report: Lippman backs summons reform; the politics of Preet". Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  35. ^ Center, Foundation. "New York Law School Receives $5 Million for Social Justice Center". Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  36. ^ "How Does New York Law School Rank Among America's Best Law Schools?". Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  37. ^ "The 2016 U.S. News Law School Rankings Are Here!". Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  38. ^ "The U.S. News 2015 Law School Rankings Are Here: Smell The Prestige". Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  39. ^ "Open Thread: 2014 U.S. News Law School Rankings (The Second Tier)". Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  40. ^ "Board of Trustees | Brooklyn Public Library". Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  41. ^ "Brooklyn Public Library's Annual Gala honors Brooklyn's literary luminaries". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. February 5, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  42. ^ "Board of Directors". Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  43. ^ "Citizens Union - BOARDS OF DIRECTORS". Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  44. ^ "COIB - About COIB - Board Members". Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  45. ^ Crowell (Contributor), Anthony. "Toxic Tax Assessments - The Ad Valorem Assessment of Contaminated Property". CRE. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  46. ^ Crowell, Anthony (June 1996). "Local Government and the Telecommunications Act of 1996". ICMA. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  47. ^ "Playing in the Gray: Quality of Life and the Municipal Bond Rating Game". 1993-05-01. 
  48. ^ "New York City Law Schools Give Students an Edge While Serving Many Needs". Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  49. ^ Crowell, Anthony (2013–2014). "Revisionists' History: A Foreword" (PDF). NYLS Law Review. New York Law School. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 

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