Seigel named new associate dean of international studies

Published: February 27th, 2012

Category: News

Seigel takes over for Cohn

Professor Stuart R. Cohn, left, is stepping down as associate dean of international studies and passing the torch to Professor Michael L. Seigel.

Professor Stuart R. Cohn is a major developer of the international study programs offered at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. However, in August, Cohn is stepping down from his position as associate dean of international studies and passing the torch to Professor Michael L. Seigel.

Cohn, John H. & Mary Lou Dasburg Professor of Law, has been responsible for the supervision and development of the many international law programs found at UF Law, expanding international legal connections for UF Law with over 30 countries.

Dean Robert Jerry explained Cohn’s contribution via e-mail.

“We now have 11 semester-exchange opportunities for our students on four continents, three summer-abroad programs (and a pilot forthcoming in China), the foreign-enrichment-class program, which brings nine to twelve foreign scholars for residential teaching annually, five faculty exchange programs (Germany, Poland, Brazil, South Africa, China), the Warsaw program, the LL.M. in Comparative Law, and a steady stream of visiting foreign teachers and research scholars,” Jerry said.

While Cohn leaves the responsibilities of associate dean and continues his full teaching load, there are perks to the position he will miss.

“I will miss the personal interactions with students who go abroad,” said Cohn about the satisfaction he gets from students reaping the benefits of study-abroad programs.

After 11 years of leadership, Cohn’s work through UF Law’s International Studies program has also earned him praise from around the world.

“His scholarship, his loyalty and warm personality have made him well known in Brazil and throughout the world,” said Professor Attila Andrade Jr., a visiting law professor with the Foreign Enrichment Program.

Meanwhile, Seigel expressed his excitement about taking over in August as associate dean.

“I am honored that Dean Jerry has asked me to take on the role,” said Seigel. He is currently shadowing Cohn to prepare for the demands of the position.

Seigel plans to continue expanding the International Studies Program with the world’s economic climate in mind, including a possible expansion into Latin America and other countries that have close economic ties to the United States.

“I do not have any question that he will do a great job,” said Cohn about Seigel’s impending succession to associate dean.