Brand joined the law school faculty in 1986 and was named the school’s 17th dean in 1999.
“Jeff Brand is an inspirational person who has led with passion, conviction, and respect for the consensual character of a law school,” USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J. said. “There is no one who has more concern for faculty, staff, and students than Jeff. While focused on the law school, he has also played a major role in formulating university policies, defining priorities, and setting a strategic course for USF. His contribution to the university and the law school is impossible to overstate.”
As dean, Brand directed the transformation of the school’s facilities, including the completion of the Dorraine Zief Law Library and a complete reconstruction of Kendrick Hall. He has overseen an expansion of the faculty, significantly increased fundraising, and sharpened the law school’s mission of educating for justice. Brand has expanded clinical offerings and other opportunities for students, and increased international courses, internships, and global justice programs through the Center for Law and Global Justice, which he founded in 1999 and where he continues to serve as chair.
“Jeff has been a tireless champion of the university’s mission, a promoter of inter-professional collaboration, a leader in promoting the Athlete-Scholar model at the university, and more than anything else, a true gentleman who demonstrates great wisdom and respect for others,” USF Provost Jennifer Turpin said. “His sharp analytic comments will be missed as well as his ability to see the long-term implications of plans and decisions. We all have been enriched by his leadership as dean and in his own way, he has mentored many of us whether faculty, students, or fellow administrators.”
Brand plans to return to the faculty upon resigning from the deanship. His scholarly and professional work has focused on human rights, global justice, constitutional law, and civil procedure and evidence issues. As a faculty member, he spearheaded numerous global justice and international legal assistance projects, including a program to promote the rule of law with justice in Cambodia and training judges and advising the Supreme Court in Vietnam, among many others. Brand received the USF School of Law Distinguished Professor Award four times. He has taught in the fields of civil procedure, constitutional law, evidence, labor law, and remedies.
“For more than 13 years—a length of service I did not expect—I’ve had the privilege of being dean of this remarkable law school that for a century has trained skilled, ethical professionals concerned for others,” Brand said. “I’ve asked myself when is the right time to step down. The truth is there will never be a right time. I love my job and the USF School of Law community, but the law school deserves a long-term commitment from a new dean in the near future.”
A comprehensive national search for a new dean has begun under the direction of a committee led by USF Vice Provost Ana Karaman that includes law school faculty, alumni, and a student.