David N. Yellen, J.D.
School of Law Dean
David Yellen became Dean of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law in July 2005. Prior to joining Loyola, Dean Yellen was the Max Schmertz Distinguished Professor of Law at Hofstra University, located in Hempstead, New York. He also served as the Reuschlein Distinguished Visiting Professor at Villanova University School of Law and has also taught at Cornell Law School and New York Law School. From 2001-04, he served as the Dean of Hofstra Law School, where he played a critical role in spearheading major fundraising initiatives, doubling the school’s new student applications, and increasing the credentials of the law school’s incoming students.
Dean Yellen’s academic expertise lies in the area of criminal law, particularly sentencing and juvenile justice and he has written widely about the federal sentencing guidelines, testified before the United States Sentencing Commission, advised President Clinton’s transition team, and argued a case before the United States Supreme Court. He has co-authored a treatise on federal sentencing law, written articles about sentencing that have appeared in such journals as the Northwestern Law Review and Minnesota Law Review, practiced law in Washington, D.C., and served as counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Dean Yellen is a graduate of Princeton University and Cornell Law School.
Dean Yellen is actively involved in a number of professional and civic groups. He serves on the Board of the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, and is a member of the Standards Review Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section on Legal Education. Yellen was recently recognized by the National Jurist as one of the 25 Most Influential People in Legal Education.