Joseph Richard Julin (Dean, 1971-1980)
Under the leadership of Dean Joseph Richard Julin, the University of Florida created many of the institutions that define the college today. Julin, a Northwestern University law graduate and former associate dean at the University of Michgan, was named dean in 1971. A year later, the law school launched its Center for Governmental Responsibility – which, for more than 30 years, has been one of the state’s premier public policy research institutes. In 1974, the law school created its Graduate Tax Program, now recognized as among the nation’s top tax law programs. UF’s Legal Information Center became a leader in the use of computers for legal research, pioneering the use of the major commercial databases now adopted in law schools around the country. After his nine-year term as dean, Julin served as president of the American Association of Law Schools.