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Donald Bruce Tobin

Dean and Professor of Law
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Donald Bruce Tobin was drawn to the legal profession because he wanted to make a difference in the lives of people around him. He knew lawyers have a special role in improving the rule of law and grappling with difficult issues facing the country. 

In his role as dean at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Tobin has prioritized increasing community outreach efforts, expanded the Clinical Law Program as well as academic offerings and upped scholarship spending. After eight years, he will step down at the end of the current school year but stay on as a full time teacher. 

What has been your biggest surprise during the pandemic? 

I have been honored and impressed with how everyone has come together to achieve the mission of the law school. Our faculty quickly learned new technology and our students, who were often more advanced with regard to technology, embraced the new reality with grace, compassion and diligence. Our staff quickly embraced systems to allow for remote work and everyone pitched in to make our enterprise a success. People started thinking ‘How do we accomplish this’ instead of ‘but we have always done it this way.’ People at the law school, but really all over the country, stepped up.