B.A. 1984, Yale College
J.D., 1988, Yale Law School
Janet Stearns, Dean of Students and Lecturer in Law, joined the Law School's administration in October, 1999 as director of the International and Foreign Graduate Programs. In 2007 she was appointed to the position of Dean of Students. She and her team provide a wide range of services to our student body. Since 2011, Dean Stearns also teaches Professional Responsibility each fall and spring semester.
Before coming to UM, Dean Stearns was a profesora visitante at the University of Chile where she taught two law courses in Spanish. She also taught in the area of affordable housing development and directed a clinical program at the University of Washington School of Law.
In her senior year at Yale College, she was elected to the New Haven Board of Aldermen where she served for two years until beginning law school. Yale Law School, she received both the C. LaRue Munson Prize for Clinical Work and the Clifford L. Porter Prize for Best Paper in Taxation.
Upon her graduation from Yale Law, she practiced law for five years with Robinson & Cole, a large commercial firm in Hartford, Connecticut. Her practice areas included commercial real estate, land use, and nonprofit organizations. She was admitted to practice law in both Connecticut (1989) and Washington State (1994).
Her community activities include serving as President of the Miami Council for International Visitors (2006-2007). Her efforts on behalf of the organization were recognized as National Conference for International Visitors Educator of the Year (2005, runner up). She presently is the Advocacy Chair for the Miami Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. In her spare time, she is regularly attending band and orchestra concerts and lacrosse games with her twin sons.