Patton Boggs partner becomes Brooklyn Law dean

A K Street icon is leaving lobbying to become dean of a New York law school, The Hill has confirmed.

Nick Allard will leave his position as partner at Patton Boggs to join Brooklyn Law School in July. Allard chairs the public policy and lobbying department at the prominent firm.

No decision has been made on his replacement at the Patton Boggs, Allard confirmed.

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"Some people wonder how in the world I could trade in working on a daily basis with Tom Boggs, Ed Newberry, Ben Ginsberg, Jeff Turner, John Breaux and so many others in the original and top policy firm in the galaxy,” Allard told The Hill in a statement.

“It ain't easy. But the opportunity at Brooklyn Law School is irresistible because it is at the forefront of 21st-century legal education."

Allard has worked on Capitol Hill as administrative assistant and chief of staff to Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.) and as minority staff counsel on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

This won’t be Allard’s first foray into the higher education system. Allard has taught classes as an adjunct professor at George Mason University Law School and the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.

He has also guest-lectured on other university and college campuses, as well as serving in alumni leadership positions at Princeton University, Oxford University and the Rhodes Scholarship Trust. Allard received his own law degree from Yale Law School in 1979.

“The breadth of Nicholas Allard’s experience in the private and public sectors will enable him to make a significant contribution to the law school,” said Stuart Subotnick, chairman of Brooklyn Law School’s board of trustees.

“His energy, creativity, integrity and collaborative style have made him exceptionally successful as a practitioner and leader at his firm. He is the ideal dean to continue the law school’s forward momentum.”

Patton Boggs chairman Tom Boggs wished Allard well, calling him a "friend and valued colleague."

"As a partner at Patton Boggs, Nick has made an enormous impact through his practice and as a champion of integrity and ethics in law and lobbying. He is a scholar in a lawyer's skin who has the vision and skills to lead Brooklyn Law School into the future at this important and challenging time for higher education," Boggs said in a statment.

"We wish him the best in his new role and are excited for the students and community who will benefit greatly from his leadership."

— Kevin Bogardus contributed.

— This story was updated at 9:31 a.m. and 12:26 p.m.