Bryant Garth is the Interim Executive Director at the American Bar Foundation. He is Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus at UCI Law School, where he codirects the Center for Empirical Research on the Legal Profession. He also served as UCI Law School’s Interim Dean for the 2021-22 academic year. Previously, Garth served as Dean of Southwestern Law School from 2005 until 2012, Executive Director of the American Bar Foundation from 1990 to 2004, and Dean of the Indiana University-Bloomington School of Law from 1986 to 1990.
Garth’s scholarship focuses on the legal profession, the sociology of law, and globalization. Two of his books coauthored with Yves Dezalay, Dealing in Virtue (University of Chicago Press, 1996) and Asian Legal Revivals (University of Chicago Press, 2010), were awarded the Herbert Jacob Book Prize from the Law and Society Association for the best books in the field of Law and Society published that year. He also served as coeditor of the Journal of Legal Education from 2011 to 2014.
Garth is on the Executive Coordinating Committee of the American Bar Foundation’s After the J.D. project, the first longitudinal study of the legal profession, and chairs the advisory committee of the Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE).