Niels B. Schaumann, JD became President and Dean of California Western in August of 2012. Prior to his appointment he served as a professor and Vice Dean for Faculty at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.
He graduated cum laude from Fordham Law School in 1984, where he was the Managing Editor of the Fordham Law Review. After law school, he was a law clerk to Judge Lawrence W. Pierce of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He then practiced law for more than four years with the New York law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, specializing in corporate matters including securities, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged leasing, and capital markets. Before attending law school, he was a professional musician in New York City.
He is an expert in copyright law and federal securities regulation, and has taught courses in copyright law, computer law, comparative and international intellectual property, agency, partnership, corporations, securities regulation, and corporate finance. He is a frequent speaker on topics of copyright law and securities law, and has often served as an expert witness in copyright and securities cases.