Law School Admission Council

Chair Elect Nominee

Daniel R. Ortiz has been the John Allan Love Professor of Law since 1996 at the University of Virginia. He has also held the titles of Horace W. Goldsmith Research Professor (2004-2007), Joseph C. Carter, Jr. Research Professor (2000-2003), Elizabeth D. and Richard A. Merrill Research Professor (1996-1999), and Harrison Foundation Research Professor (1992-1995). He began his tenure at Virginia as an assistant professor in 1985 and was named full professor in 1990. Professor Ortiz received his BA summa cum laude at Yale (1974-1978) with a triple major. He graduated with distinction in all three and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 1977. From 1978 to 1980, he studied Shakespeare at Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship. He went on to study law at Yale, where he received his JD in 1983. In both his undergraduate and graduate studies, he received numerous awards.

After graduating from law school, Professor Ortiz was a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen G. Breyer, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (1983-1984). He also clerked for the Honorable Lewis F. Powell, Jr., United States Supreme Court (1984-1985). He worked as a visiting professor at the University of Southern California Law School (1991; and again 1994-1996) and was a visiting professor at University of California, Berkeley School of Law (1999). He also worked as coordinator of the Task Force on Legal and Constitutional Issues, National Commission on Federal Election Reform (2001), and as coordinator for the Legal Project, Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age (2002-2003).

Professor Ortiz has published widely, including a recent chapter entitled “The Paradox of Mass Democracy” in Rethinking the Vote: The Politics and Prospects of American Election Reform and an article called “Got Theory?” in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. His work has also appeared in the Boston Review, Columbia Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Stanford Law Review, and Michigan Law Review, as well as numerous other journals, books, and conference reports. He was honored with a Distinguished Teaching Award by the Z Society at the University of Virginia in 1992.

His LSAC contributions date back to 1995 when he served on the Services and Programs Committee until 1997. He then became active in the Minority Affairs Committee (1997-1999) and served on the Affirmative Action Work Group (1997-1998) and on the Alternative Decision-Making Models Work Group (1998-1999). He joined the Test Development and Research Committee in 1999 and served as its chair from 2003 until 2005. He was Chair of the Computerized Testing Work Group (1999-2001); Chair of Alternative Models Implementation Work Group (2001-2003); and an ex officio member of the LSAC Alternative Score Reporting Work Group (2001-2003), the Grants Subcommittee, and Skills Readiness Inventory Subcommittee (2003-2005). Professor Ortiz has continuously served as a member of the Board of Trustees since 2003 and he also served as a trustee liaison to the Finance and Legal Affairs Committee (2005-2007) and as a member of the 2006-2007 President/Executive Director’s Search Committee. He currently serves as trustee liaison to the Services and Programs Committee (2007-present) and as chair of the Global Issues Work Group.

Trustee Nominees

Faye K. Deal is the Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid at Stanford Law School in Stanford, California. She is a 1982 graduate of Occidental College, where she earned her AB in Psychology, with Distinction.

She has worked at the law school since 1985, starting out as an assistant registrar in records and enrollment and promoted to associate registrar in 1988. She moved to the admissions and financial aid office in 1989, where she served as assistant director of admissions and financial aid (1989-1992) and director (1992-1999), and was promoted to her current position in 1999.

Ms. Deal has been a member of the Truman Scholarship Finalist Selection Committee since 2002. Ms. Deal reads and reviews applications and helps select the finalists who will be interviewed for the approximately 80 scholarships that are awarded annually by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.

Ms. Deal’s LSAC volunteer service began in 2001, when she was a member of the New Admission Personnel and Faculty Members Workshop 2002 Planning Work Group. She has since served on the Minority Affairs Committee (2003-2005), on the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues Subcommittee of the Services and Programs Committee (2003-2005), and on the current Services and Programs Committee (2007-present). She returned to the New Admission Personnel and Faculty Members Workshop 2007 Planning Work Group as chair in 2006.

Cynthia R. Mabry is a Professor at Howard University School of Law. She earned her JD degree from Howard in 1983 and served as Student Articles Editor of the Howard Law Journal. She earned her LLM from New York University School of Law in 1996.

Professor Mabry began her professional career as a law clerk for Judge Harriett Taylor at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 1983. A year later, she began a two-year clerkship for Judge Anna Diggs Taylor at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Then she began practicing law as an associate at Crowell & Moring in Washington, DC (1986-1990). During that time, she also was an adjunct professor at American University (1988-1990) and teaching fellow at Howard University (1990). She was a trial attorney for the Federal Railroad Administration from 1990 to 1991 and worked as an Assistant General Counsel in the Office of General Counsel for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (1991-1993). In 1994, she became Associate Professor at West Virginia University and moved to Washington and Lee University in 1998. She returned to Howard, where she was Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor (1999-2001). She was appointed full Professor in 2002. She teaches Civil Procedure, Adoption Law, Family Law, and Pretrial Litigation Practice. During Professor Mabry’s distinguished career, she has been a visiting professor at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa, Syracuse University, University of Florida, and Washington and Lee University.

She has published widely. She is the lead co-author of the first Adoption Law textbook: Adoption Law: Theory, Policy and Practice (2006). She has made many presentations on such issues as family law, adoption, and affirmative action. Among professional activities, she has worked with the DC Bar Association; the American Association of Adoption Attorneys; American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution, Litigation Section, Family Law Section; Association of American Law Schools’ Executive Committee for the Family Law Section and the Executive Committee for Civil Procedure Section; and the National Bar Association. She received the Distinguished Faculty Author for Scholarly Work Published Award from Howard University in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007. Since 2002, she has also been a volunteer mediator at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division, which mediates and settles family disputes regarding divorce, property and children.

Professor Mabry became an LSAC volunteer when she first participated on the Minority Affairs Committee from 2000 to 2003. In addition, she has served on the Committee’s PLUS Subcommittee (2001-2003, 2005-2007). Appointed in 2007, she currently serves on the Minority Affairs Committee. 

Malcolm L. Morris is Interim Dean and Professor at Northern Illinois University College of Law, where he served as Associate Dean from 1993 to 1996 and from 2003 to 2007. He attended Cornell University where he received a BS in 1969. He then went to the State University of New York at Buffalo and earned his JD in 1972. He earned his LLM in 1977 from Northwestern University.

Professor Morris began his career at NIU College of Law in 1978 as an Assistant Professor of Law. He became Associate Professor in 1981 and full Professor in 1985. He worked in the private sector as counsel for Coordinated Financial Programming in Chicago in 1976-1977 and in government as an attorney for the Internal Revenue Service, Estate and Gift Tax Division, in Chicago from 1973 to 1976. Since 2006, he has been the Law School Coordinator for the Center for Governmental Studies in DeKalb. He has directed the CLEO Sophomore Summer Institute since 2002. From 1991 to 1993, he was the Director of the Program for Minority Access to Law School.

Professor Morris has received numerous honors; most recently he was named a 2008 Laureate of the Academy of Illinois Lawyers, Illinois State Bar Association. His professional activities include membership on the “Pipeline to the Profession” Subcommittee of the Illinois State Bar Association Standing Committee on Women and Diversity in the Profession, 2006-present; Editor, Journal of Illinois Institute of Local Government Law, 2006-present; Board of Directors, Illinois Institute For Local Government Law, 2006-present (ex-officio); Founding Chair, Attorney’s Section, National Notary Association, 2005-2007; Chair, Illinois State Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Education, Admissions, and Competence, 2007-present; Chair, Illinois State Bar Association Section on Business Advice and Financial Planning, 1993-1994; American Bar Association, Bar Admissions Committee, 2001-2007; AALS Committee on Sections and Annual Meeting (1988-2000); Chair, Executive Committee, AALS Section on Donative Transfers, Fiduciaries and Estate Planning, (1998-1999), Program Chair (1998), Executive Committee (1996-2000). From 1994 to 1997, he was a member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Legal Education. He also has participated on numerous ABA and AALS on-site evaluation teams and has presented and published prolifically throughout his entire career. His published work has appeared in the University of Florida Law Review, Missouri Law Review, Utah Law Review, Buffalo Law Review, University of Pittsburgh Law Review, and Arizona State Law Journal, among others. He served as the reporter and principal draftsman for both the Notary Public Code of Professional Responsibility and the Model Notary Act of 2002.

He served as an LSAC volunteer on the Finance and Legal Affairs Committee, 2001-2003, and Audit Committee, 1997-2001.

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