Digital Privacy Expert Takes Helm of Law School

By ARVIN TEMKAR, USF NEWS Posted Mon, 04/09/2018 - 11:12

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Susan Freiwald has been appointed interim dean of USF's School of Law

The appointment by USF Provost Don Heller takes effect July 1 and runs until August 2020.

Freiwald, also a law professor, began teaching at the law school in 1997 and was promoted to associate dean last year. She is a national expert on privacy law and online surveillance, and has argued digital privacy cases in federal court. She was a leader in the fight to pass landmark California legislation in 2015 that limits law enforcement’s access to electronic communications.

Freiwald's a recipient of the School of Law Distinguished Professor Award and was faculty representative on the USF Board of Trustees Development Committee. She earned her undergraduate degree in economics and her juris doctorate at Harvard.

“I plan to build on our tremendous strengths, such as our dedicated teachers and staff, our uniquely collegial community of talented students, and our unparalleled alumni network to move the law school to the next level of excellence,” she says.

Freiwald will replace Dean John Trasviña, who's led the law school for five years. A native San Franciscan, Trasviña oversaw the law school's re-accreditation and increased alumni giving. He also managed the launch of a graduate tax program and the creation of the school's Immigration and Deportation Defense Law Clinic and the Racial Justice Law Clinic.

Before coming to USF, Trasviña was assistant secretary for the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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