Janet E. Stearns

Dean of Students & Lecturer in Law

B.A. 1984, Yale College
J.D., 1988, Yale Law School

Phone: 305-284-4551
Office: A212

Janet Stearns, Dean of Students and Lecturer in Law, joined the Law School's administration in October, 1999 as director of the International and Foreign Graduate Programs. In 2007 she was appointed to the position of Dean of Students. She and her team provide a wide range of services to our student body. Since 2011, Dean Stearns also teaches Professional Responsibility each fall and spring semester.

Before coming to UM, Dean Stearns was a profesora visitante at the University of Chile where she taught two law courses in Spanish. She also taught in the area of affordable housing development and directed a clinical program at the University of Washington School of Law.

In her senior year at Yale College, she was elected to the New Haven Board of Aldermen where she served for two years until beginning law school. Yale Law School, she received both the C. LaRue Munson Prize for Clinical Work and the Clifford L. Porter Prize for Best Paper in Taxation.

Upon her graduation from Yale Law, she practiced law for five years with Robinson & Cole, a large commercial firm in Hartford, Connecticut. Her practice areas included commercial real estate, land use, and nonprofit organizations. She was admitted to practice law in both Connecticut (1989) and Washington State (1994).

Her community activities include serving as President of the Miami Council for International Visitors (2006-2007). Her efforts on behalf of the organization were recognized as National Conference for International Visitors Educator of the Year (2005, runner up). She presently is the Advocacy Chair for the Miami Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. In her spare time, she is regularly attending band and orchestra concerts and lacrosse games with her twin sons.


Preface to Mindfulness for Law Students by Scott Rogers, Mindful Living Press (2009)

Book Review, "American Law in a Global Context," American Journal of Comparative Law (2006)

"Rebuilding Afghanistan," Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law (2002)

"Urban Growth: A Global Challenge," Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law (1999)

"Reflections on Teaching in Chile," 48 Journal of Legal Education 110 (1998)

"The Impact of the United Nations Habitat II Conference on U.S. Housing Policy," 16 Saint Louis University Public Law Review 419 (1997)

"Learning About Transactions in a Clinical Setting: UW's Affordable Housing Development Clinic," ABA Real Property Section Legal Education Newsletter (1996)

"IRS Tax Exemptions and Affordable Housing: Old Standards for New Times," ABA Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law (1993)

"The Low Income Housing Tax Credit: A Poor Solution to the Housing Crisis," 6 Yale Law and Policy Review 203 (1988)


"Civil Liberties in the U.S.: Changes Since September 11," Speaker
North-South Center and U.S. Army War College (October, 2002)

"The Internet: Opportunities and Pitfalls," Moderator and Speaker
ABA Forum on Affordable Housing, Annual Conference (June, 1997)

"Workshop for Teachers of Transactional Clinics," Organizer and Moderator
ABA Forum on Affordable Housing, Boston, Massachusetts, (March, 1996)

"Fundamentals of Nonprofit Corporate and Tax Exemption Law," Moderator
ABA Forum on Affordable Housing (June 1, 1995)

"Partnership Opportunities for the Seattle Housing Authority," Speaker
Seattle Housing Authority Conference, Seattle, Washington (October, 1995)

"Street Youth: Solving the Puzzle," Conference Organizer and Moderator
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (April, 1995)

"Rural Housing: Unique Needs, Unique Solutions," Moderator
ABA Forum on Affordable Housing (September 15, 1995)

Phone: 305-284-4551
Office: A212
Faculty Assistant

Martin, Deborah

Phone: (305)284-4551
Office: A212

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