Monterey College of Law (http://www.montereylaw.edu) has named Mitchel L. Winick to the new position of President and Dean of the college of law. Winick has served as dean of the independent, non-profit law school since 2005. As part of the change, the Board of Trustees also voted to re-designate the senior board officers of the law school as “Chair” and “Chair-Elect” of the Board of Trustees. Although the titles are new, the leadership of the board will not change. Monterey County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wills will continue to serve as Chair of the Board of Trustees and Assistant Monterey County District Attorney Stephanie Hulsey will continue as Chair-Elect.
“These changes provide a more accurate reflection of the current governance of the law school”, said Winick. “I particularly enjoy that the day-to-day management of the law school is a combination of the roles of chief executive and chief academic officer. The titles of ‘President and Dean’ and ‘Chair’ provide a much better description of the responsibilities and authority of the two positions.”
“I appreciate the vote of confidence from the Board of Trustees and remain very enthusiastic about the continued growth of the law school”, said Winick. “This week we are celebrating the grand opening of our new Community Justice Center. The facility is a ‘green building’ that is registered as a Platinum LEED project with the US Green Building Council.” Platinum LEED, which stands for “Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design”, is the highest national standard for environmentally sustainable design and construction. According to the US Green Building Council, once the final LEED certification is completed, Monterey College of Law will be only the second law school in the country with a Platinum LEED facility.
“We are also excited about opening our new law school program in Santa Cruz,” said Winick. Registration is underway for the new first-year program that will begin Fall Semester 2010. Classes will be held in the evenings at the law library of the Santa Cruz County Superior Court.
Winick is serving as the 11th Dean of Monterey College of Law since the school was founded in 1972. Prior to accepting the position at Monterey College of Law, he served as Assistant Dean at Texas Tech University School of Law and previously taught law at the University of Houston, University of New Mexico, Southern Methodist University, and Texas Wesleyan University. A 1978 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, Winick previously served as an Assistant Attorney General of Texas and as the Executive Director of the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism.
Since moving to the Monterey area in 2005, Winick has also become active in the local community. He serves as the president of the non-profit ACTION Council and Girl’s Inc. of Monterey County and serves on the education advisory councils for Leadership Monterey Peninsula, the Panetta Institute of Public Policy, and the Monterey County Business Council.