Alan Matheson has the most institutional knowledge of the College of Law, having arrived in 1967 to serve on the founding faculty and as Associate Dean. He teaches in the areas of constitutional law and community property; other courses he has taught include administrative law and education law.
During his career at the College, Professor Matheson has been Dean or Interim Dean five times, in 1972, 1978-79, 1979-1984, 1989, and 1997-98, and is a former president of the faculty senate. He won the ASU Alumni Association Faculty Achievement for Service in 1995. As a law student, Professor Matheson served as Editor-in-Chief of the Utah Law Review. Before arriving at ASU, he was an Associate in Law at Columbia University and served as Assistant to the President of Utah State University.
Professor Matheson is active in many professional affiliations, having served on committees of the American Bar Association, the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Arizona, the Maricopa County Bar Board, the Law School Admission Council, the Board of Directors of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, DNA—Navajo Legal Services’ Board of Directors, and President of the Tri-City Citizens Mental Health Board.