G. Marcus Cole has been named the Joseph A. Matson Dean of the Law School and professor of law at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.
Currently, Cole serves as the William F. Baxter-Visa International Professor of Law at Stanford University. He first joined the Stanford faculty in 1997. He previously held two endowed chairs and served for five years as associate dean for curriculum and academic affairs. Before coming to Stanford, he was an associate with the Chicago law firm of Mayer Brown. He clerked for Judge Morris Sheppard Arnold on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
In addition to teaching, Professor Cole serves on the editorial board of the Cato Supreme Court Review, the academic board of Bar-Bri, and the advisory board of the Independent Institute’s Center on Culture and Civil Society. He is the former president of the board of directors of Rocketship Education, a national, nonprofit charter school network operating charter schools for low-income children in California. Professor Cole is also a member of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ Bankruptcy Judicial Advisory Committee and the board of trustees of Bellarmine College Preparatory school in San Jose, California. Additionally, he is a national fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution and a fellow at the University of Amsterdam’s Center for Law and Economics.
“To me, law is the noblest profession in the world,” Professor Cole said. “Lawyers save lives, protect rights and grease the wheels of the economy. It has been the great honor of my life to train lawyers, and I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to help do so at one of the most important law schools in the world. As the needs of our society call for ethically and morally guided lawyers and leaders, Notre Dame will continue to answer that call.”
Professor Cole holds a bachelor’s degree in applied economics from Cornell University and a juris doctorate from Northwestern University.