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Concord Law School Appoints Martin Pritikin As Dean

Jun. 15, 2016

Harvard Law Graduate and California Attorney Takes Charge of Nation’s First Fully Online Law School

Los Angeles, CA – (June 15, 2016) – Concord Law School of Kaplan University, the nation’s first fully online law school, today announced that Martin Pritikin, an experienced lawyer and educator, has been appointed the dean of the school.

In this role, Pritikin will be responsible for providing academic leadership for the school’s programs, faculty, and students while advancing the school’s mission to provide an affordable and accessible education for aspiring attorneys and others seeking to learn the law. He has committed his professional and academic career to integrating theory with practice. His areas of expertise include business litigation, civil litigation, criminal law, jail overcrowding, Jewish law, and white collar crime.

Pritikin joins the school with more than 15 years of professional experience, most recently serving as the associate dean of Whittier Law School in California.

“Marty brings extensive experience and an exceptional record of academic success to the role. We are confident he will take Concord Law School, which opened its virtual doors in 1998 as the nation’s first fully online law school, to the next level,” said Betty Vandenbosch, President of Kaplan University. “His commitment to innovation coupled with his many accomplishments as an educator will be a great asset in shaping the online learning environment for years to come.”

Pritikin, who officially starts at Concord on July 5th, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California and his juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude and served on the Harvard Law Review.  He was the regional champion in the ATLA Student Trial Advocacy Competition as well as a semi-finalist in Harvard’s Ames Moot Court Competition.

Upon graduating from law school, Pritikin spent several years practicing law with Quinn Emanuel in Los Angeles, where his clients included Lockheed Martin, Fox Studios, and Union Bank of California. He entered academia full-time in 2004 at Whittier Law School, where he has taught courses on evidence, advanced litigation, criminal law, and wills and trusts. He has maintained his connection to practice even while in academia, including as a summer volunteer at a prosecutor’s office and as a consultant on a multi-year litigation against Lehman Brothers in bankruptcy court.

While at Whittier, Pritikin won the law school’s Teacher of the Year award (twice), and was the first to design and implement a hybrid online “flipped” classroom model. As an administrator, Pritikin founded and directed Whittier’s Institute for Trial and Appellate Practice, served as the school’s associate dean for experiential learning, associate dean of the law school, and acting dean. In 2013, he spearheaded the adoption of the school’s “Experience the Law” curriculum, which was named among the ‘Most Innovative’ in the nation by National Jurist. In 2015, he launched the law school’s incubator program, which provides recent graduates with the infrastructure and legal and business training to launch their own law practices.

He has addressed both substantive legal issues and the need for reform in legal education as an author for the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law and Policy Review, the Colorado Law Review, the Wisconsin Law Review, the Cardozo Law Journal, and the Journal of Legal Education, among others.

Pritikin replaces Interim Dean Larry David who is returning to private practice.

For more information about Concord Law School of Kaplan University visit www.concordlawschool.edu.

About Concord Law School

Concord Law School is the nation’s first fully online law school. Since opening its virtual doors in 1998, Concord has educated more than 1,800 graduates who have obtained their Juris Doctor (JD) or Executive Juris DoctorSM (EJD) degree. Concord Law School is part of Kaplan University which is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.  Kaplan University, furthermore, is part of Kaplan Higher Education LLC and Kaplan, Inc., which serves over 1.2 million students globally each year through its array of higher education, test preparation, professional education, English-language training, university preparation, and K-12 offerings to individuals, institutions, and businesses. Kaplan has operations in over 30 countries, employs more than 19,000 full- and part-time professionals, and maintains relationships and partnerships with more than 1,000 school districts, colleges, and universities, and over 2,600 corporations and businesses. Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) and its largest division. For more information, please visit, www.kaplan.com.

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