Cino Named Associate Dean
Associate Professor Jessica Gabel Cino has been named the new associate dean for academic affairs for Georgia State University College of Law after Roy M. Sobelson, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law, returns to the faculty in May.
“This self-effacing good man has given us the very best of himself, and we are a better community and academic institution because of it,” said Steven J. Kaminshine, dean and professor of law, in announcing Sobelson’s decision. “Professor Cino is passionate about the future of legal education,” Kaminshine said. “The entire leadership team is looking forward to working with her because of her creativity and organizational abilities.”
“I am incredibly humbled and thrilled to be joining our leadership team,” Cino said. “I’m also grateful that I will be learning by doing as Dean Sobelson shows me the ropes this semester. The learning curve is going to be steep, but I love a challenge and I look forward to contributing to the law school in a new and exciting way.”
The associate dean for academic affairs oversees the course schedules, compliance with accreditation, hiring part-time instructors and other academic matters. The associate dean also handles various issues such as grade appeals, scholarships, academic dishonesty issues, hardship withdrawals and more. In addition, the associate dean acts as the college’s liaison to entities within or beyond the university.
Cino, who has been affiliated with the Center for Law, Health & Society since she joined the college’s faculty in 2009, teaches courses on forensic evidence, forensic medicine, bankruptcy and contracts. Her primary research focuses on fraud and ethics at the intersection of law and science. She has lectured throughout the United States, Poland, China, Taiwan and Australia. She has written on a wide range of topics, including the validity of forensic evidence genetic testing, forensic DNA identification, trial and jury tactics, bankruptcy fraud, lender liability, legal ethics and bioethics. Cino received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law.
Sobelson was the college’s first associate dean of students, serving from 2004-2006, and since 2006 has been the associate dean for academic affairs. “Working with the law school faculty and staff has brought me countless hours of joy, friendship and learning. And I take great pride in having participated in some of the College of Law’s greatest successes, the new building being just a physical manifestation of many,” Sobelson said. “But the greatest rewards of both of my dean jobs have come from working with our students, many of whom have long since left but remain my dear friends. Thanks to all of you for making this such a rewarding experience.”