University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law Associate Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Anthony Ervin was elected Chairperson Elect/Vice Chairperson of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Pre-Law Education and Admission to Law Schools for a three-year term. He will hold the Vice Chairperson position over a one-year term before automatically transitioning to Chairperson the following year. Following his one-year term as Chairperson, he will join the Executive Board as Past Executive Officer.
Dean Ervin’s role with AALS is an extension of UDC Law’s continued commitment to diversifying legal education, especially among Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). He will advocate for and resolve issues faced by future UDC Law students in their prelaw programs, admission process and enrollment activities. UDC Law is one of only six law schools at an HBCU, and Dean Ervin noted the importance of having a perspective at the table to address not only UDC Law-specific issues but also those facing students entering the other HBCU law schools.
Ervin said, “My plan is to uphold the core values of AALS by working to better the legal education industry. Issues of importance include increasing diversity, promoting ideas among members and making recommendations on matters of education prior to law school admission. Furthermore, I am committed to improving advising and counseling of prelaw students and the law school admissions process, using the mission of AALS to guide the work.”
AALS promotes excellence in teaching and scholarship, academic freedom and diversity – including diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints – while seeking to improve the legal profession, to foster justice and to serve a variety of related many communities.
A native of North Carolina, Dean Ervin has passionately served 21 years in higher education with experience in financial aid, admission, academic advising, tutoring and student affairs in the public and private sector. He has spent seven of those years in legal education. Over the course of his tenure in higher education, Dean Ervin was a contributing author in four publications for two major national magazines, including U.S. News & World Report (Education Section) and Next Step Magazine. His work offers advice on effectively writing a law school resume, the importance of demonstrating personality and potential in a law school application, the value of a seamless transfer process from community college to an undergraduate institution and the need for effective articulation agreements among 2-year and 4-year institutions.
In 2022, he served as Secretary for the Executive Committee for the AALS Section on Pre-Legal Education and Admission to Law School. He was a member of the Logistics Team at the 2020 Conference for the Pre-Law Advisor National Council and a participant in the North Carolina Central University Management Development Institute (MDI) University’s Leadership Program in 2016. Previously, Dean Ervin was the Executive Committee Member-at-Large for the Carolina Association for College Registrars and Admissions Officers and a participant for the Down East Partnership for Children – Community Voices Leadership Program. Dean Ervin is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Dean Ervin earned a Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from North Carolina Wesleyan College.