I have on good authority that the University of Richmond is fortunate to have four terrific finalists for their dean search, which I have previously written about here. The finalists, with their interview dates on campus, are:
Jeff Rosen of George Washington School of Law. Professor Rosen is legal affairs editor of The New Republic and has been described by the LA Times as “the nation’s most widely read and influential legal commentator.” (Jan 31-Feb 1)
Joel Reidenberg of Fordham School of Law. Professor Reidenberg is the founding director of CLIP, Fordham’s Center on Law and Information Policy, and brings significant administrative experience at the University, as well as law school, level. (Feb 3-4)
Wendy Perdue of Georgetown University. Professor Perdue is Georgetown’s Associate Dean for the JD Program, former Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, and former Associate Dean for Research. Many consider her among the most knowledgeable leaders in legal education. (Feb 7-8)
Michael Seigel of the University of Florida School of Law. Professor Seigel is a former First Assistant United States Attorney, former Associate Dean at Florida, and is a recognized expert in the area of collegiality. (Feb 10-11)
I suspect that this reflects the influence of University of Richmond president (and historian) Edward Ayers and his support for the law school. I'll be most interested in hearing what happens. These folks present some exciting possibilities for the law school and the University.
All of this reminds me that at some point we should talk about what kinds of questions law school dean candidates are likely to get -- and perhaps what kinds of answers we (and administrators) should be looking for from them. The "literature" on law school faculty positions is well-developed, but there's substantially less "literature" (i.e., blogging) about law school dean hiring.