Melissa Stimell Appointed Interim Director of Ethics Center

Sept. 1, 2018

portrait of melissa stimellMelissa Stimell, professor of the practice in the legal studies program, is the interim director of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life effective Sept. 1. She succeeds Director Emeritus Daniel Terris, who earlier this summer became dean of the Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem.

A veteran public-interest attorney who specializes in conflict resolution, criminal law, discrimination and child welfare, Stimell brings decades of relevant experience to her new role at the center’s helm. In addition to teaching, she directs the internship program for the legal studies program, the summer Brandeis in The Hague program, and she chairs the program in social justice and social policy.

This year marks the Ethics Center’s 20th anniversary, an exciting milestone in its reach and impact. Under Dan Terris’ outstanding leadership as founding director, the Center developed many signature programs, such as the Brandeis Institute for International Judges, the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, and more recently, ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation, for which Melissa Stimell serves as the academic program director.

“With her proven ability to link Brandeis’ founding ideals of justice and inclusion to action and advocacy, Melissa Stimell is poised to lead the center successfully in the next phase of its development,” said Lisa Lynch, Provost and Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy, announcing the appointment.

“The Ethics Center’s mission, to develop effective responses to conflict and injustice by offering innovative approaches to coexistence, strengthening the work of international courts and encouraging ethical practice in civic and professional life, has been central to my commitments at Brandeis and before,” said Stimell. “I have valued my many collaborations with the center and look forward to the opportunity to engage even more deeply with the center’s work in the coming year.”

Details of the search process for a permanent director will be developed over the coming months.