May 07, 2010 — Coral Gables — Professor Douglas K. Bischoff has been appointed Associate Dean for the Adjunct Faculty at UM Law. In his new position, Bischoff said he will work “to better integrate members of the adjunct faculty into the family and fabric of the law school.”
“This is a way of enhancing our appreciation and the effectiveness of our adjunct professors,” said Bischoff. “These are very busy, in-demand people. We want to be a resource for them.”
Dean Patricia D. White said Bischoff is uniquely qualified to work on behalf of the adjunct faculty.
“We are fortunate at UM to have an exceptional adjunct faculty of talented lawyers and judges who contribute immeasurably to our curriculum as well as to the well-being of our students,” she said. “It is difficult to integrate them as fully as we’d like into the daily life of the school because they all have significant responsibilities in their principal jobs.”
“It is important to have someone like Doug Bischoff, who is himself an extraordinary lawyer and long-time member of the Miami legal community, to help us do all that we can to integrate them, to make the logistics of teaching for us as easy as possible for them and to anticipate their needs and concerns.”
Bill Sklar, a real estate lawyer with the West Palm Beach office of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge and an adjunct professor at UM Law for 30 years, considers Bischoff’s appointment a significant step forward.
“I think it will improve the level and type of communication between the regular faculty and the adjunct faculty,” Sklar said. That, he added, will better coordinate how adjuncts fit into the law school’s curriculum and activities, and Bischoff is “extremely well-equipped to do that.”
Bischoff, a real estate attorney with more than 30 years of legal experience, served as head of the real estate departments in the Miami offices of Holland & Knight and Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius, LLP. Bischoff joined The Related Group in 2007 as senior vice president and general counsel, responsible for the oversight and coordination of all legal matters for the company.
An adjunct professor at UM Law since 1983, Bischoff has directed the Graduate Program in Real Property Development since 1999, a program that has garnered national recognition over the years.
This year, the law school launched a new Joint J.D./LL.M. Program in Real Property Development and a Distance Learning Program. The new Joint J.D./LL.M. Program offers students an opportunity to earn both degrees in seven semesters by taking graduate level real estate courses during their third year with 12 LL.M. credit hours counting toward both degrees. The Real Property Development program also launched an online Distance Learning Program to offer a unique educational experience to law students around the world. Classes are delivered to students’ desk top within twenty four hours of the “live” presentation.
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