Paul Berman

Paul Berman | Chief Learning Advisor

Paul Schiff Berman, Walter S. Cox Professor of Law at The George Washington University, is one of the nation’s thought leaders concerning online education, having served for the past three years as the University’s Vice Provost for Online Education and Academic Innovation. In this capacity, Professor Berman oversaw all online operations for the University’s 105 online degree and certificate programs, generating nearly $70 million in gross revenue annually. He also chaired the University’s Strategic Planning Committee for Online Education and managed the creation of the University’s eDesign Shop, a production facility and team of instructional designers, videographers, computer animation specialists, and supporting positions.

Over the past three years, Berman built the eDesign Shop’s capacity to create state-of-the-art online courses; worked with units throughout the University to conceptualize new online programs, both in-house and with outside partners; managed all issues related to budgeting, vendor contracting, disability accessibility, learning management systems, video hosting, state authorization, academic integrity, and other university-level support for online programs; launched the University’s first set of Massive Open Online Courses; built some of the first large-scale university-level courses in the world using the OpenedX platform; created the University’s first comprehensive website for all online programs university-wide; organized and chaired the first two annual national meetings of Vice Provosts for Online Education; oversaw the George Washington University Academic Technologies Department and managed the university-wide analog-to-digital conversion of all campus classrooms; oversaw Operation GW VALOR, the University’s comprehensive set of services and opportunities for veteran students and active duty military students, a program that resulted in a near doubling of GW’s military student population over two years; co-chaired the University’s Innovation Task Force; and served on university-wide committees focused on Executive Education and on Graduate Enrollment Management.

Prior to becoming Vice Provost, Professor Berman was Dean of the George Washington University Law School and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Professor Berman has previously served as the Jesse Root Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he taught from 1998-2008. For the 2006–07 academic year, Professor Berman was a Visiting Professor and Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton University in the Program in Law and Public Affairs. He also serves on the Organizing Committee of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities and is Co-Chair of the International Law and Technology Interest Group of the American Society of International Law.

Berman graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1988 and earned his law degree from New York University in 1995. During law school, he served as Managing Editor of the NYU Law Review and received the University Graduation Prize for the graduating law student with the highest cumulative grade point average. He later clerked for Chief Judge Harry T. Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Professor Berman is the author of numerous books and scholarly journal articles. He was one of the first legal scholars in the country to focus on legal issues regarding online activity, and he is co-author of one of the leading casebooks in the field. His most recent book, Global Legal Pluralism: A Jurisprudence of Law Beyond Borders, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012. His scholarly work currently focuses on the impact of globalization on the interaction of legal systems.

Prior to entering law school, Professor Berman was a Professional Theater Director in New York City and Artistic Director of Spin Theater, a not-for-profit theater company. He was also administrative director of two other not-for-profit theater companies in New York City: The Wooster Group and Richard Foreman’s Ontological-Hysteric Theatre at St. Mark’s Church.