Maria Saez Tatman Joins W&L Law as Associate Dean of Student Affairs In her role, Saez Tatman will develop and implement programs to enrich the law school experience and to help law students succeed in school, personally, and professionally.
W&L Law is pleased to welcome Maria Saez Tatman as Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Community, and Belonging. Saez Tatman comes to W&L from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she has served as Dean of Students and Director of Diversity and Inclusion.
At W&L Law, Saez Tatman will develop and implement programs to enrich the law school experience and to help law students succeed in school, personally, and professionally. She will provide leadership and management in all areas of student life and culture.
“Dean Tatman has a proven commitment to equity and inclusion and a record of excellence in student affairs,” said Melanie Wilson, Dean of W&L law. “She is a wonderful addition to our leadership team.”
Prior to Tennessee, Saez Tatman served as Associate Dean of Student Services at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City and as the Assistant Dean of Career Planning and Professional Development at the University of Oregon School of Law. Before entering academia, she practiced law for nearly ten years, focusing on management-side labor and employment law, health law, and medical malpractice.
Saez Tatman serves on committees with the Association of American Law Schools and the National Association of Law Student Affairs Professionals. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for LeaderShape, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that partners with colleges and universities to provide leadership learning experiences for people to explore their values, what they care about and how they can contribute to change in the world.
Saez Tatman earned her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. She also holds a master’s degree in social work and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and zoology, both from the University of Michigan.