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Morse H. Tan

Title: Dean
Company: Liberty University School of Law
Location: Lynchburg, Virginia, United States

Morse H. Tan, Dean of the Liberty University School of Law, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of legal academia.

Drawing on more than 20 years of expertise, Dean Tan is a proven leader in the field of legal education. Specializing in international human rights and international criminal law, bioethics, constitutional law, the philosophy of law, and health care law, he has served as the Dean of the Liberty University School of Law since 2022. In his leadership position, Tan oversees the entire school, from hiring professors to representing the institution at Deans’ gatherings. He has been a certified mediator at the Center for Conflict Resolution since 2000.

Prior to his current academic leadership position, Dean Tan served as Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice at the United States Department of State from 2019 to 2021. Additionally, he was a full professor of law at Northern Illinois University College of Law from 2016 to 2019. Over the course of his career, he has similarly worked with numerous other institutions, including the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, the Florida Coastal School of Law, the University of Texas at Austin Law School and the University of St. Thomas School of Law. At the onset of his career, Tan was an associate at Ross & Hardies between 2001 and 2002.

Before embarking on his vocational journey, Dean Tan cultivated his own higher education, originally earning a Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies at Wheaton College in 1997 and a Master of Arts from Wheaton Graduate School in 1998. He ultimately achieved a Juris Doctor at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in 2001. In addition to his academic credentials,  Tan has been admitted to practice law by the Illinois State Bar Association, the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, and the United States Supreme Court Bar. Ever committed to his profession, he similarly remains active as a member of the American Bar Association and the Council of American Ambassadors.

Well-regarded for his creative output, Dean Tan has offered his expertise in the publication of his 2015 book, “North Korea, International Law and the Dual Crises: Narrative and Constructive Engagement”, and he has published more law review articles on this subject than any other scholar. To commemorate his achievements, he has been honored with numerous accolades, such as receiving the Korean-American of the Year Award from the Korean American Society of Chicago in 2017. In light of his fulfilling career, Tan has largely attributed his success to his faith and perseverance. In the coming years, he hopes to continue guiding Liberty Law towards further academic excellence.

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