Coastal Law Names Interim Dean

Florida Coastal School of Law President Dennis Stone announced the school has named Chidi Ogene interim dean of the law school.

Most recently, Ogene served as the general counsel of the InfiLaw System, a consortium of independent ABA-approved law schools that includes Coastal Law, Phoenix School of Law, and Charlotte School of Law. In his position, Ogene facilitated initiatives in curricular reform, transaction execution, corporate governance and compliance, litigation, and regulatory affairs. 

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Ogene succeeds Peter Goplerud, who stepped down from the deanship on May 6 to serve as president of a new InfiLaw management services company, which will focus on best practices in legal education.

“Chidi was among a short list of very qualified internal and external candidates and we believe he has both the experience and the requisite knowledge of Coastal Law and the Infilaw consortium that will allow for a smooth and productive transition,” said Stone.

Stone said he was hopeful Coastal Law will name a permanent dean by January 2014. However, he said Ogene is committed to the school should the search process extend longer.

Ogene received a joint JD and MBA from Georgetown University, where he was a member of the Law and Policy in International Business Journal and a law and economics Fellow. Ogene also received an LLB from the University of Nigeria. He is a member of the Georgetown University Law Alumni Board, Nigerian Lawyers Association, National Black MBA Association, and the New York, Washington, DC, and Nigeria bars.

Prior to joining InfiLaw, Ogene was a partner in Gilbert LLP in Washington, DC, where he practiced commercial and corporate law. Before joining Gilbert LLP, he was an associate in the corporate finance group with Sullivan and Cromwell LLP, in New York and Washington, DC.

“I am delighted to welcome Chidi to Coastal Law,” Stone said. “I am certain he will be a very welcome addition to the Coastal Law extended family of faculty, staff, students, and alumni.”