- Construction Law
- Trust and Probate
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Municipal Law
Timothy Fisher became the 17th dean of University of Connecticut School of Law on July 1, 2013, following thirty-five years in private practice. Prior to becoming dean he was a partner at a major regional law firm with a long history of public service. During his career prior to becoming dean, he taught at UConn School of Law as an adjunct instructor and participated in the life of the school through moot court judging, a faculty workshop presentation, and numerous activities with students and faculty.
Dean Fisher’s practice and publications have focused on the fields of ethics, alternate dispute resolution, commercial transactions, construction law, family wealth disputes, and municipal law. He also has 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 executive and compensation committees of his firm, held the position of office managing partner, and co-led its strategic planning process.
A graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, Dean Fisher has served in numerous public service and private sector leadership roles. He recently chaired the state Commission on Judicial Compensation and co-chaired 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. He served as president of a social service agency and has held leadership positions in Greater Hartford Legal Aid and the Connecticut Bar Association. Dean Fisher conceived and undertook the organizational and fundraising effort to create the Connecticut Innocence Fund, a first-in-the-nation program to assist exonerees to re-enter society when released from prison after proof of their innocence. He brings a deep belief in public service to his role as dean of UConn School of Law.
Dean Fisher teaches in the field of compliance and leads an externship seminar. He is a frequent guest lecturer in such areas as alternative dispute resolution, construction, the law of torture, and American slavery.
Dean Timothy Fisher and other members of the Connecticut Task Force to Study the Feasibility of Establishing Opioid Intervention Courts approved a report to the General Assembly on December 11, 2018. The Task Force urges a pivot in the treatment of addictions as a public health issue rather than criminal justice issue. Toward that end the Task Force recommends minimizing the handling of addictions as crimes, avoiding arrest and incarceration where possible, and diverting individuals to treatment. The Task Force report identifies a number of existing programs that should be enhanced and expanded to achieve that goal.
Dean Timothy Fisher has been named a fellow of Branford College at Yale University. He earned a BA in economics from Yale in 1975.
UConn Law Dean Timothy Fisher and Professor R. Kent Newmyer will speak April 19, 2018, at a workshop History and the Law, part of the Draper Workshop Series hosted by the University of Connecticut Department of History at the campus in Storrs. Professor Manisha Sinha, Draper Chair in American History, will moderate the discussion, which will also feature Professor Martha S. Jones of Johns Hopkins University and Professor Ariella Gross of the USC Gould School of Law. The panelists will focus on how the law has helped construct and deconstruct notions of servitude, race, and citizenship in American history.