Virginia B. Gordan, assistant dean of international affairs, has devoted the majority of her working career to building Law School programs and creating relationships with students and graduates. Gordan earned her BA, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Brown University and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Prior to joining the Law School community, she was an associate with a law firm in Philadelphia, staff counsel for a nationwide low- and moderate-income housing developer, and an associate director and lecturer for the Legal Writing Program at the University of Virginia Law School.
Dean Gordan has served two assistant deanships at the Law School: First, as assistant dean of students, a role in which she was responsible for a broad array of academic and student life services for JD students and, second, as assistant dean for international affairs. In this role she is responsible for the overall administration of the Law School's Center for International and Comparative Law. She participates with faculty in developing and coordinating international programs and initiatives, and engages in international alumni development. In addition, Dean Gordan supervises semester study abroad programs and oversees the LLM, SJD, and Visiting Scholar programs.