University of Baltimore School of Law
In 2022, Ronald Weich will mark a decade as dean of the University of Baltimore School of Law. He joined the school after a long career in government including serving as an assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice under the Obama Administration and as chief counsel to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
A graduate of Columbia University and Yale Law School, Weich started his legal career as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan. He later joined the U.S. Sentencing Commission as a legislative liaison and represented them in federal court. In between government positions, he went into private practice for several years as an attorney at Zuckerman Spaeder.
What is the biggest challenge facing the legal profession today?
Democracy and democratic institutions are under tremendous stress today. Incivility, misinformation and distrust among Americans erode confidence in our system of government including the legal system. Lawyers have a special responsibility to defend the Constitution, protect the rule of law and expand access to justice. I am proud to lead an institution providing the next generation of lawyers with the skills and knowledge they need to become effective civic leaders in these challenging times.
What made you decide to enter the legal profession?
I became a lawyer to make a positive impact on the world. As a prosecutor, a Senate staffer, a law firm partner and a federal official, I have had many opportunities to serve the public. But my most rewarding job is my current role as dean of the University of Baltimore School of Law. Our law school plays a vital role in the Maryland legal community, and I feel a deep obligation to keep UB Law strong and maintain our reputation for practical excellence.