Blake D. Morant

Dean Blake D. Morant

Dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School

Blake D. Morant is the Dean of The George Washington University Law School and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law. He assumed the deanship on September 1, 2014, after having served seven years as Dean of the Wake Forest University School of Law. Dean Morant is one of the nation’s best known and respected legal educators and scholars. He has served in numerous leadership positions in the Association of American Law Schools and the American Bar Association, and he regularly speaks across the country and abroad on legal education, diversity, and topics relating to his scholarly interests. He has taught at the law schools at American University, University of Toledo, University of Michigan, University of Alabama, and Washington & Lee. He has also been a visiting fellow of University College, Oxford. Prior to becoming a legal academic, he served in the Army’s Judge Advocate General Corps, as a senior associate with a Washington, D.C. law firm, and as an Assistant General Counsel for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

At Wake Forest, Dean Morant built a national reputation as an exceptional law school administrator, tireless advocate for students, and respected legal scholar. He has published extensively on his areas of scholarly focus, including contract theory, media law, and administrative law. Following many years of deep involvement at the committee level, Dean Morant was chosen to serve as President-elect of the Association of American Law Schools for 2014 and President in 2015. The AALS is an association of 176 law schools representing more than 10,000 faculty members in the United States. He also has served in numerous leadership positions for the American Bar Association (ABA), including as Vice Chair of the ABA Diversity Committee and as a site inspection team member for ABA law school accreditation. He was appointed to the Federal Judicial Center Foundation Board by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts and by the Virginia Supreme Court to serve on a task force to study gender bias in the Virginia courts. 

Among his many professional honors, Dean Morant was named the John R. Kramer Outstanding Law Dean by Equal Justice Works, was twice recognized by National Jurist magazine as one of the most influential people in legal education, and received the Chief Justice John Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 from the Judge Advocates Association. He was twice named professor of the year by the Women Law Students Organization at Washington & Lee University and received five awards for outstanding teaching at the University of Toledo College of Law. In 2003, he was chosen as the first American to deliver the commemorative Thomas More address at St. Dunstan's Church, Canterbury, England. Dean Morant earned a BA with high distinction and Phi Beta Kappa honors and a JD, both from the University of Virginia. In addition, he received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Pepperdine University in 2010.

  • BA, JD, University of Virginia


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