Office of the Deans
Appointment of Co-deans
After an internal search, University of New Mexico Provost Chaouki Abdallah announced the appointment of co-deans at the UNM School of Law. Alfred Mathewson and Sergio Pareja, both professors at the UNM School of Law, began their deanships the first co-deans in the law school’s history on Aug. 1, 2015.
Dean Mathewson joined the UNM law faculty in 1983 after working as a corporate, securities and banking lawyer in Denver. He was named the director of the Africana Studies program in 2013. From 1997 through 2002, he was associate dean of academics. In that position, he oversaw the curriculum, clinical law program, faculty appointments, the faculty promotion and tenure process, library, faculty development and related issues. “This is a critical point in the Law School’s history and I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve with my colleague and friend, Professor Pareja,” Mathewson said. “We have forged a strong working relationship over the years; we complement each other well and will make a great team.”
Dean Pareja joined the UNM law faculty in 2005 after nearly nine years in private practice in Colorado and Indiana. Most recently, he was a partner in the tax department at a large Denver law firm. While in private practice, Pareja specialized in federal individual and corporate income tax planning, state and local tax matters, and estate and gift tax planning. “I am very pleased to be given this special opportunity to continue serving the UNM School of Law,” Pareja said. “Having worked very closely with Professor Mathewson on many occasions, I know that we are a great team, and I firmly believe that our co-deanship is the best way to move the law school forward.”