Anthony Crowell to take over helm at New York Law School

New York Law School has named Anthony W. Crowell, Counselor to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as the 16th dean and president of the school.

Crowell replaces Richard Matasar, who had been dean and president since 2000, and left in January to take a position with New York University.

Crowell, who will join the faculty as a professor of law later in the Spring, graduated from American University’s Washington College of Law in 1997. He has taught a seminar on New York City law as an adjunct professor at New York Law School since 2003.

“I am deeply impressed by the quality and commitment of its students and their passion for learning and have watched with great admiration the School’s remaking of its entire curriculum, especially in the first year, to give students training in the real-life practice of law,” Crowell said.

Crowell received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied urban policy, and he is a member of the bars of New York and New Jersey.

Crowell’s responsibilities in the Bloomberg Administration include managing a broad portfolio of legal, regulatory, legislative, governance, administrative, and operational matters focused on enhancing New York City’s performance, competitiveness, accountability, and public integrity. 

Prior to his appointment as Counselor, Crowell served as Special Counsel to the Mayor from 2002 to 2006. In addition, he has served as an executive director, counsel, or commissioner with six City Charter Revision Commissions.

From 1997 to 2002, Crowell served as Assistant Corporation Counsel in the New York City Law Department’s Tax & Condemnation and Legal Counsel Divisions

Before joining the Corporation Counsel, Crowell worked in Washington, D.C., at the International City/County Management Association  from 1992 to 1997.