Meet Jeffrey A. Dodge
Associate Dean for Academic and Student Services
Hometown: I grew up in Orange County, California, but have lived my adult life in San Diego, London, New York City, and Moscow, Idaho.
What do you enjoy most about your role at Dickinson Law? As the Associate Dean for Academic and Students Services I really enjoy the opportunity to support our students. From helping them with student organization events to providing academic success programming, my role is centered on promoting student achievement and development. One of my biggest joys is seeing a student enter law school as a nervous and unsure first year and in a snap watching them cross the graduation stage as a confident soon to be attorney.
A Dickinson Law favorite: There’s so much to love about our Dickinson Law community! Frankly, I think the people themselves are my favorite part. The students, faculty, and staff all genuinely care about one another want each other to succeed. A small, tight knit community of support is extremely unique in legal education.
Best piece of advice for anyone considering Dickinson Law: Jump in! Dickinson Law has so many resources and opportunities for students to access. Jump into the experience to make it your own.
Favorite thing to do in your spare time: With two young kids at home, spare time is limited. That said, our family enjoys international travel. I’ve been to over forty countries in nearly every continent, from Cuba to Thailand and Australia to Iceland.
You’d never guess…: In my earlier life I aspired to be a singer and once had an opportunity to perform in the Sydney Opera House. Humorously, my nerves got the best of me that day and I was barely able to walk on stage!
Life before Dickinson Law: I’ve worked in legal education for nearly 15 years and in that time have amassed broad experience overseeing law school and University-level offices of student services, international programs, admissions, academic success, career services, and more. Immediately prior to joining the Dickinson Law community, I served as the Associate Dean of Students, Academic Affairs, and Administration at the University of Idaho College of Law. As a faculty member I taught and presented on topics in the fields of family law, international human rights, and comparative law. Before that I was the Assistant Dean for Global Initiatives at Hofstra University School of Law where I developed the first ABA accredited study abroad programs in Cuba and Ecuador, oversaw an LL.M. program for international students, and focused on internationalizing law school experience. I received a B.A. from the University of California at San Diego and a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law. In law school I was part of the inaugural class of LBGTQ+ Civil Rights Fellows and led the Family Court Review journal.
Three words to describe yourself: Energetic, creative, thorough
Favorite book: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens was probably the first book I read that informed my adult understanding of justice, right and wrong, and human rights. These themes are ones I’ve carried through into my professional life.
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