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Baum, David H.

Assistant Dean for Student Life and Special Counsel to the Dean

316 Hutchins Hall

David Baum received a BA in English with high distinction in 1986 and a JD in 1989 from the University of Michigan. Following law school, he clerked one year for the Hon. Noel Anketell Kramer of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. From 1990 to 1995, he served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia, where he prosecuted criminal matters in both the local and federal courts. Dean Baum returned to the Law School in November 1995 to join the student services administrative team. In March 2000, he became assistant dean. During his tenure, he has been engaged in nearly every aspect of student services administration. His current primary responsibilities include providing general counseling, academic advice, and other support to students; facilitating the orientation and related programs for new students; supervising the Office of Student Life, including the director of student services and his programs and initiatives; developing programming and providing advice to students focused on professional development; serving as the point person on disability, wellness, and safety-related issues; and providing guidance and support to the dean, administration, and faculty on academic policies, the curriculum, accreditation issues, and student services-related issues.



Accreditation site team member, American Bar Association–Duke University School of Law, November 2014; University of Colorado Law School, October 2015.​

Advisor member, Standing Committee on Character and Fitness for the State Bar of Michigan, 2010–present.​

Chair, District G Committee on Character and Fitness for the State Bar of Michigan, 2006–2010.

Chair, Association of American Law Schools' Section on Student Services, 2006; Executive Committee member, 2004–2008.

Appeals board member, Office of Student Conflict Resolution, University of Michigan, 2003–present.

Staff mentor, University Mentorship Program, 1996–present.