Philip J. McConnaughay, dean of Penn State's Dickinson School of Law, will be moving to China to take over as dean of Peking University’s School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China. He starts August 1. McConnaughay is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and previously taught at Illinois before moving to Penn State. This announcement follows quickly on his statement that Penn State is planning on splitting into two law schools.
The Peking school presumably is waiting for the ABA to rethink whether it will accredit law schools outside the United States; the school was created to train Chinese lawyers for the American bar - in China. Peking University's recent submission to the ABA on this topic is here.