Congratulations to Nora Demleitner, who is the new dean of Washington and Lee School of Law. The press release is here. Cribbing now from the W&L press release:
Nora V. Demleitner will be the new dean of Washington and Lee University's School of Law. She becomes the first woman to hold that position and is the 17th dean in the 145-year history of W&L's law school. She will also hold the Roy L. Steinheimer Jr. Professorship in Law.
A highly respected scholar on issues of criminal, comparative and immigration law, Demleitner is currently dean and professor of law at Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. ...
"Dean Demleitner emerged from what we believe was an extraordinarily strong pool of candidates. Everyone who met with her was impressed with her energy and enthusiasm and vision," said [Washington and Lee President Kenneth P.] Ruscio. "In addition, she has a splendid reputation throughout the legal community for her scholarship and accomplishments. ...
A native of Germany, Demleitner received her law degree from Yale after earning a bachelor's degree from Bates College. She also earned a master's degree with distinction in international and comparative law from the Georgetown University Law Center. Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable Samuel A. Alito Jr., then a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and now a justice on the United States Supreme Court.
When she was named dean at Hofstra in 2008, Justice Alito told the New York Times: "She had a wonderful academic record and came highly recommended to me by people at Yale Law School. I was immediately impressed by her poise and intelligence.''
This is really exciting news!