Timothy Fisher

Tim has been the Dean of the University of Connecticut School of Law since 2013, leading the school through the tumultuous time in American legal education. Prior to the Deanship he worked for thirty-five years in large, medium and small law firms. His law practice and publications focused on the field of ethics, alternate dispute resolution, commercial transactions, construction law, family wealth disputes, and municipal law. He also led pro bono engagements in such fields as marriage equality, prison conditions, speedy criminal appeal rights, and strategic relationships of non-profit organizations. In private practice, he served on the exectuive and compensation committees of his firm, held the position of office managing partner, and co-led its strategic planning process.

Tim has also served in numerous public service and private sector leadership roles, recently chairing the state Commission on Judicial Compensation and co-chairing the Legislature’s Task Force on Access to Legal Counsel in Civil Matters. He previously served on the Governor’s Commission on Judicial Reform, as well as various commissions of the Connecticut Judicial Branch, and was recently president of the Connecticut Bar Foundation. Tim conceived and undertook the organizational and fundraising effort to create the Connecticut Innocence Fund, a first-in-the-nation proram to assist exonerees to re-enter society when released from prison after proof of their innocence. Tim was a member of Branford College, graduating in 1975 with a BA in Economics. He received his J.D. from Columbia in 1978.