New Associate Dean at Richardson Law Looks To Help Guide School Through Strategic Plan:
As the William S. Richardson School of Law wrapped up one of the most challenging years of its existence, it has headed into a new year with a new Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, major plans in motion to reevaluate and strengthen the curriculum, and begin remaking the school in a dynamic growth image to enhance its national stature.
“There is always more you can do, and more impact you can have,” said Professor Nicholas Mirkay, who was named June 1 as the new Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and is helping guide a strategic planning process started by Dean Camille Nelson at Richardson Law. ...
In welcoming Associate Dean Mirkay into his new role, Nelson thanked him for serving as the Law School’s Director of Faculty Research, and continued, “In this role he has worked tirelessly to enhance our recognition of, and support for, faculty research and writing. He has organized numerous book events, panels, and presentations furthering our intellectual life. Additionally, he has supported the external recognition of faculty scholarly excellence through his work on launching Kaukehakeha (at the highest level), our new e-blast celebrating our faculty scholars whose legal expertise, scholarship, and contributions are recognized both locally and nationally. Before joining the Richardson Law faculty in August 2017, Nick Mirkay was Senior Associate Dean for Administration and Planning and Professor of Law at Creighton University School of Law. He began his career in legal academia at the Delaware Law School of Widener University. Professor Mirkay has primarily taught tax and business law courses in his 18 years in legal academia, including Federal Income Tax, Trusts and Estates, Nonprofit Organizations, Business Associations, and State and Local Taxation. He has received outstanding faculty awards at all three law schools at which he has served! In addition to being an exceptional teacher, Nick is also a prolific scholar and dedicated institutional citizen.”
As the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Mirkay will also be working to support the various teaching methodologies being offered, in person, online, and H.O.T. Mirkay explains: “It’s called ‘HOT- Here Or There.’ It’s a hybrid environment where you have the option of some in-class or you can choose completely online. We have retrofitted several rooms to have that technology – teaching people in person with an online component at the same time. We are working to ensure that the classrooms are done in time. That’s the priority - to upgrade the technology overall. You can space students in those large rooms. But knowing the university is now requiring students to be vaccinated if they’re going to be on campus, it’s to be determined how that will ripple down to the classrooms.”