Lone Mountain Steps and fountain
OUR DIFFERENCE

Leadership

They shape your law school experience. Get to know who they are, what they've done, and their visions for the USF School of Law.

Susan Freiwald, Dean and Professor of Law

Image
School of Law Dean Susan Freiwald.

Dean and Professor of Law Susan Freiwald became the 19th dean of the University of San Francisco School of Law on July 1, 2019, after serving one-year terms as the school's interim dean and associate dean for academic affairs. Since joining the law school’s administration after 20 years as a member of the USF faculty, Dean Freiwald has spearheaded a revamp of the curriculum, redesigned the first-year orientation and tutorial programs, and launched the Academic and Bar Exam Success Program. In addition, she raised $6.1 million from an anonymous donor to establish the Justice for Animals Program, with an endowed chair in animal law. Under her leadership, the law school expanded its Racial Justice Clinic in a groundbreaking partnership with the San Francisco DA’s office, employing two new staff attorneys with donor-supported funds.

As a faculty member, Dean Freiwald received the School of Law Distinguished Professor Award, published numerous law review articles on the regulation of online surveillance, and briefed and argued major cases involving the Fourth Amendment protection of new communications technologies. She has been recognized for her leadership in securing landmark electronic surveillance legislation in California.

MEET DEAN FREIWALD: WATCH THE VIDEO

Amy Flynn, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Image
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Amy Flynn

Prior to joining USF Law in 2007, Amy Flynn served as the assistant public defender in Contra Costa County since 2004. She is the co-author of California Criminal Law: Cases and Problems, 4th Ed. As associate dean for academic affairs, she oversees the law school’s academic programs and is responsible for curricular program development and implementation, including the Academic and Bar Exam Success Program. As a member of the faculty, she has taught Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Appellate Advocacy, Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis I and II, Criminal Practice, and Legal Drafting. Prior to assuming her current role, Associate Dean Flynn led USF's moot court program, including both USF internal first-year students program and the advocacy competition program for continuing students.

A USF Law 2004 Summa Cum Laude alumna, Associate Dean Flynn also oversees the Keta Taylor Colby Death Penalty Project (KTC), which was established in 2001 to involve law students in the interim reform, and ultimate abolition, of the death penalty in the United States. In this capacity, Flynn teaches a spring seminar and travels to the South each summer to guide and support KTC students.

Alice Kaswan, Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship

Image
Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship Alice Kaswan

Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship Alice Kaswan is an expert on climate change and on environmental justice. She has written and spoken widely about climate federalism, addressing the appropriate roles of federal, state, and local governments in mitigating and adapting to climate change. Her work also explores the intersection between environmental justice and climate change policy, with special emphasis on the environmental justice implications of climate adaptation strategies and of cap–and–trade programs for greenhouse gases.

Associate Dean Kaswan is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Progressive Reform, and a past chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ Environmental Law Section. 

Meet Professor Kaswan: Watch the Video

Stephanie Carlos, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

Image
Stephanie Carlos, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs