Martin H. Belsky has been named dean of the School of Law at The University of Akron, effective January 2008. The University of Akron’s Board of Trustees approved the appointment at its regular meeting today.
Currently a professor and former dean at the University of Tulsa College of Law, Belsky comes to UA with nearly four decades of legal and academic experience. Belsky began his career in 1969 as a prosecutor, and then chief prosecutor in Philadelphia.
Beginning in 1975, he served both as counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives and as chief counsel to the Special House Committee on the Outer Continental Shelf. From 1979 to 1982, he served first as deputy general counsel and then assistant administrator of the Federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Belsky began his academic career in 1982 as associate professor of law and director of the multi-disciplinary Center for Governmental Responsibility at the University of Florida. From 1986 to 1995, he served as professor, dean and president at Albany Law School.
Active in the community, Belsky is a member of the board of Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. He also serves as president of the Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry, an interfaith understanding dialogue and advocacy agency; vice president and public policy chair of the Oklahoma Council for Community and Justice, vice-chair of the (National) Jewish Council on Public Affairs and board member of the American Judicature Society. He has served as vice president of the Urban League in Albany and Tulsa; officer of the Gainesville (President), Albany (President-elect) and ulsa (President) Jewish Federations; and the Anti-Defamation League (New York State and Oklahoma chair).
Belsky is a graduate of Temple University, College of Liberal Arts with a B.A., cum laude (1965); Columbia University School of Law with a J.D., cum laude (1968). He also has graduate diplomas from the Hague Academy of International Law and Cambridge University.