Since joining the University of Connecticut School of Law faculty in 1971, Hugh Macgill has distinguished himself as a gifted teacher, scholar and administrator, both in his role as associate dean for academic affairs and as dean of the Law School from 1990-2000.
The holder of a B.A. in Russian from Yale and a law degree from the University of Virginia, Dean Macgill served in the Army Security Agency as a Mandarin Chinese language specialist, after which he spent two years as a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellow in Baltimore and the Twin Cities. He then went on to be a graduate fellow at Yale Law School (1970-1971) and a Fellow in Law and the Humanities at Harvard (1975-1976). He has held visiting professorships at Eotvos Lorand University (Budapest), the University of International Business and Economics (Beijing), the University of Exeter (U.K.) and the University of Aix-Marseille (France).
A Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, Dean Macgill is a frequent commentator on legal issues, especially those concerning the U.S. Supreme Court. His countless professional and civic activities include serving as chair of the Connecticut Humanities Council; president of Neighborhood Legal Services (Hartford) and the Connecticut Historical Society; chairman of the State Ethics Commission and Connecticut Urban Legal Initiative; and president of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.