Daan Braveman

DAAN BRAVEMANDistinguished Lecturer


Daan Braveman, graduated from the University of Rochester and obtained his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He served as law clerk to Justice Samuel J. Roberts of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and then worked as an attorney for the Greater Upstate Law Project located in Rochester. While at the Project he was engaged in civil rights litigation throughout New York State.

Braveman subsequently joined the faculty of the Syracuse University College of Law where he taught and published in the areas of Civil Rights, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, and Federal Indian Law. He also initiated and taught in the College’s Public Interest Law Firm clinical program. From 1994-2000, he served as Dean of the College.

In 2005, he was inaugurated as the President of Nazareth College, an independent school with nearly 3000 students located in Rochester, New York. Nazareth regularly has been selected by the Princeton Review for its publication in The Best Colleges in the United States. It also has been recognized as one of the largest producers of student Fulbright Scholars among schools in its category. Carnegie Foundation named the College to its selective list of community engagement schools and Nazareth was one of five schools in the country to receive the President’s Award for Community Engagement, the highest honor awarded to schools for their community service.

During his tenure as President, the College expanded its programs in Health and Human Services, established the Arts Center as the premier mid-sized arts venue in the region, increased international programs, adopted a unique core educational program, and established the Center for Life’s Work. The College completed construction of the York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute, which houses the College’s inter-professional Health and Human Services programs and clinics that serve underserved patients in the local community. It opened Peckham Hall, home of the Integrated Center for Math and Science, which Princeton Review ranked as one of the top 20 science laboratory facilities in the country. The College also opened the Jane and Laurence Glazer Music Performance Center and recently dedicated the Golisano Training Center, which includes a unique partnership between the College and Special Olympics.

In 2020, Braveman retired as President and accepted his current position as Senior Higher Education Counsel at the law firm of Harter, Secrest & Emery. Braveman serves as Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the Rochester Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative, and serves on the Boards of the Farash Foundation, WXXI, the Discovery Charter School, and the Golisano Children’s Hospital.


  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Rochester