Faulkner Law Dean Charles Nelson
On June 1, 2015, Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law welcomed Dean Charles Nelson’s return to the office of law school dean. Having served as Jones Law School’s dean from 2004-2014, Nelson is no stranger to the position. Nelson remained part of the faculty to teach Property and Wills and Trusts after ending his ten-year tenure as dean. Prior to becoming a member of the Faulkner Law family, Nelson spent thirty-three years in the roles of Professor, Assistant Dean, Associate Dean, and Interim Dean at Pepperdine University’s School of Law. Nelson is returning to the Dean’s position upon Matt Vega’s departure.
Nelson played an integral role in Faulkner Law achieving ABA accreditation in 2009. Nelson said that he can still recall the moment when he received the phone call that Faulkner Law received accreditation from the American Bar Association. “I didn’t really know what to do,” he said. “I remember looking out of my office – seeing everyone going about their business. I couldn’t decide whether I should try and get everyone to relay the good news, or simply raise my arms in the air and let out a big yell.” He decided to do the latter.
Nelson is loved and respected by the faculty, staff, students, and alumni at Faulkner Law. “I was fortunate to have Dean Nelson as my law school dean while I was a student at Faulkner Law, and I greatly respect him and his leadership,” said Rachel Miller (JSL ’13). “As Director of External Relations, I am looking forward to working with him to advance Faulkner Law.”
“I’ve enjoyed working with Dean Nelson and have absolute confidence in his ability to lead Jones School of Law,” said Greg Allen (JSL ’82), partner at the Beasley Allen law firm.
“My door is always open to alumni, students, faculty, and staff,” said Nelson. “We are a family at Faulkner Law, and I am excited to continue the strong tradition of excellence at this institution.”