Craig M Boise

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Joseph C. Hostetler – BakerHostetler Chair in Law


Office: LB 108

p. 216-687-2300

C.BOISEnull@csuohio.nulledu (email: C.BOISEnull@csuohio.nulledu )



B.A., Political Science, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1991
J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1994
LL.M., Taxation, New York University School of Law, 1999


Dean Boise began his tenure as Dean of the College of Law on July 1, 2011. He joined the law school from DePaul University in Chicago, where he served for two years as Professor of Law and Director of the Graduate Tax Program. Prior to that, Dean Boise was an Assistant Professor and then Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He was a visiting professor at Washington & Lee School of Law in Fall 2006. 

Prior to beginning his academic career, Dean Boise practiced law for over eight years at law firms including Cleary Gottlieb and Akin Gump, in New York, and Thompson Hine, in Cleveland. Before entering private practice, he clerked for the Honorable Pasco M. Bowman II, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Dean Boise earned his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law and his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School. He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science, summa cum laude, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he also completed substantial coursework toward a degree in piano performance at the University’s Conservatory of Music.

Dean Boise's scholarship has focused on U.S. corporate and international tax policy, offshore financial centers, and offshore financial intermediation. He has published articles in the Texas International Law Journal, the George Mason Law Review, and the Minnesota Law Review, and has presented papers at the law schools at Northwestern University, the University of Utah, and Wake Forest University, among others. Dean Boise also has been a frequent speaker before organizations including the American Bar Association Tax Section and the Association of American Law Schools Tax Section. He has taught International Tax, Corporate Tax, International Tax Policy and Federal Income Taxation. He is currently admitted to practice in Ohio and New York.

Dean Boise is one of two sitting law school deans serving on the American Bar Association’s Standards Review Committee, and is co-chair of the Executive Committee of the AALS Deans’ Section. He also was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court to chair a task force of the nine Ohio law school deans charged with evaluating a number of proposals related to the bar examination and bar admissions. Dean Boise serves on BARBRI’s nine-member national Advisory Board, which includes faculty members from the law schools at the University of Chicago, UC-Berkeley, Emory, Indiana, and Stanford. At Cleveland State University, he chairs a presidential task force charged with creating the university’s first comprehensive strategic enrollment management plan. Dean Boise is also a member of the William K. Thomas American Inn of Court, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. 

Dean Boise has been active in a variety of civic and charitable organizations in Cleveland, including serving on the boards of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation, the Cleveland Music School Settlement, Karamu House and the Cleveland Leadership Center. He also served on the Community Advisory Board for WCPN/WVIZ, and is a member of the 2014 class of Leadership Cleveland. He currently serves on the boards of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Cleveland.

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