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Concordia Law Dean to Assume New Role at Touro Law Center

June 20, 2019 – Boise, Idaho - Elena Langan, Dean of Concordia University School of Law, announced her resignation after three years at the helm of the Boise-based law school. Langan accepted a new position as Dean of the Touro Law Center in New York.

Langan became the second Dean of Concordia Law when she assumed her role in January 2017. Dean Langan played a critical role in guiding Concordia Law to full approval of the American Bar Association earlier this year, as part of the ABA's standard multi-year accreditation process. 

Dean Langan also played a key role in growing enrollment and elevating the profile of the law school, which has consistently posted high graduate bar passage rates and employment statistics for its alumni. Recently, the ABA confirmed that Concordia Law had achieved a 100% 2-year bar passage rate, meaning every 2016 graduate who took the bar exam passed within two years of graduation, a feat accomplished by just three other law schools nationwide.

“I am extremely proud of Concordia Law’s accomplishments during my tenure, and I credit the commitment of the faculty, staff, students and supporters who have fuel its success,” Langan said. “This has been an incredibly difficult decision, but I look forward to new challenges and opportunities in New York.”

Concordia University officials announced Langan’s resignation to faculty, students and alumni this week. 

“I want to thank Dean Langan for her tremendous contributions and leadership of Concordia Law during her time here,” said Johnnie Driessner, Interim President of Concordia University-Portland. “Her vision, knowledge and commitment are evident in the law school’s recent American Bar Association approval, the accolades received by faculty and staff and the positive initiatives that have developed under her guidance. Her contributions have put the law school on a clear path for continued growth and success in the region.”

Langan’s resignation is effective July 31, 2019. Concordia University School of Law is following processes, including American Bar Association rules and guidelines, in next steps for determining Concordia Law’s next dean.


Concordia University School of Law in Boise, Idaho, is part of Concordia University, a nonprofit, Lutheran, liberal arts university based in Portland, Oregon., with a mission of preparing leaders for the transformation of society. Founded in 1905, Concordia University-Portland serves approximately 6,000 students on its campuses and online, through its College of Education, College of Health & Human Services, School of Management and School of Law. For more about Concordia University, visit Concordia University School of Law and the George R. White Law Library opened with its inaugural class of students in fall of 2012. For more information visit