Posted: June 30th, 2016 | By: Maggie Garrison
Professor Jonathan Cardi will serve as Wake Forest Law’s newest Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, taking up the position officially on July 1, 2016. Professor Cardi will be moving into the position currently held by Professor Timothy Davis, who has served as the academic dean for the past year.
“Jonathan Cardi is a wonderful succession plan,” says Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77). “I love what Jonathan has named as some of his goals for his new position and his enthusiasm for fulfilling them.”
One of those goals involves the American Bar Association’s new regulations requiring law schools to report learning outcomes for JDs.
“We are using this requirement as a spur to take a deep look at our curriculum and to focus our teaching even more purposefully on what we believe makes Wake Forest Law graduates special,” Professor Cardi says. “As just one example, we plan on capitalizing on what is already one of the best legal research and writing programs in the country. We are working to integrate this training with doctrinal classes. I think the result will be both innovative and pedagogically effective.”
Professor Cardi most recently served as the law school’s Associate Dean for Research and Development, a position that has become vital to the life of the law school, according to Dean Reynolds.
In that role, Professor Cardi developed a number of new programs. “I organized a series of weekly faculty discussions on the nuts-and-bolts of teaching, research and service, entitled TeRSe Talks, as well as a summer series for works in progress, entitled the Half-Baked Ideas Discussion Series,” he explained. “I also worked on the development of our yet-to-be-tenured faculty by initiating a series of discussions on topics including syllabus development, publishing tips and grading advice.”
In addition, he established a speaker exchange programs with peer institutions that includes finding readers for works in progress.
Professor Cardi received the Joseph Branch Excellence in Teaching Award in February. He specializes in teaching tort law, the law of remedies and the intersection of race and the law. Professor Cardi is co-author of a torts casebook, a remedies casebook, two commercial outlines and is co-editor of a book entitled Critical Race Realism.
He has served as president of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS), chair of the Remedies Section of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) and he is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI), serving as Associate Reporter of the Restatement (Third) of Torts. He is also a contributor to the European Group on Tort Law.