Golden Gate University (GGU), a private, not-for-profit institution with a notable record of expanding access to professional education for many generations of adult students, is seeking a strategic and visionary Dean to lead its 117-year-old School of Law in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Reporting directly to the University President, the Law School Dean is the chief executive and academic officer of the School of Law. Candidates must hold a J.D. from an ABA-accredited institution whose scholarly work merits appointment as a full professor of law with tenure.
GGU Law offers full-time day and part-time evening programs leading to a J.D., as well as a doctorate in International Legal Studies and LL.M. degrees in seven legal specializations. We offer the only LL.Ms in Estate Planning and Trust and Probate Law in the western United States. Legal education at GGU Law is greatly enriched by the diverse backgrounds and experiences brought to the program by our students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college or law school. The National Jurist recently ranked GGU as the best provider of practical skills training among Northern California law schools.
The successful candidate for this role should be able to capitalize on the many advantages offered by GGU Law, including our distinctive location, our award-winning clinics and other practical learning courses, a large alumni network, and engaged faculty and staff who are committed to the professional success of our students.
To apply for this position, please visit http://www.ggu.edu/jobs. Candidates must submit a cover letter with a short summary describing how their qualifications meet or exceed the position’s requirements; a curriculum vita; and a list of five or more business references with contact information (including e-mail address). All application materials, which will be kept strictly confidential, should be submitted electronically (Adobe PDF or MS Word format).
Review of applications will begin in the spring with strongest consideration given to those received by March 24, 2017. The Law School Dean Search Committee strongly encourages nominations and applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds. Golden Gate University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Direct inquiries and nominations to:
Professor Michele Neitz, Law Dean Search Committee Chair
Much has been made of some similarities between the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and Pres. Trump's recent executive order on deportation. The parallels are inexact, of course, and many of the comparisons have been overdrawn. One clear constant between the two, however, has been the fear created in the target communities, even among those who are not technically subject to arrest. Here is how I described the reaction of free blacks to the Fugitive Slave Act (taken from a book review I just published in the American Historical Review):
When President Millard Fillmore signed the enhanced Fugitive Slave Act on September 18, 1850, it sent shock waves through the African American communities in the North. The law provided dramatic new powers to slave hunters, who would now be able to seize purported runaways almost at will. Armed with a slaveholder’s power of attorney and a general description of the human “property,” a slave hunter could now drag almost any African American before a federal commissioner, who was empowered to issue an “order of removal” after an abbreviated and summary hearing. The proceedings under the act, such as they were, did not allow juries, appeals, or intervention by the regular courts via habeas corpus. An alleged fugitive was not permitted to testify on his or her own behalf, and commissioners were paid ten dollars for issuing an order of removal in favor of the slave owner, but only five dollars when the ruling went in favor of the alleged slave.
Many African Americans in the North—both legally free and fugitive—responded by fleeing to Canada. One newspaper reported that 40 percent of Boston’s African American residents departed within days of Fillmore’s signature, and it was said that membership fell precipitously at black church congregations in New England, Pennsylvania, and New York. A leading hotel in Pittsburgh announced that it was closing its dining room because so many of its black waiters had left for Canada. Other African Americans armed themselves for self-defense, threatening, as Frederick Douglass put it, to “make a half dozen or more dead kidnappers” (Frederick Douglass’ Paper [North Star], August 20, 1852).
For most African Americans, however, both flight and armed resistance were impractical, leaving them little choice but to remain in place and hope for the best. Such was the case for the Parker sisters, Elizabeth and Rachel, who had been born free in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Both girls worked as domestics for white families in the area, which was only a few miles from the Maryland border, and both were kidnapped by a notorious slave hunter named Thomas McCreary: Elizabeth, who was only about eleven or twelve, was seized in mid-December, 1851, and her sister Rachel, then seventeen, was taken some weeks later.
I am saddened to learn that beloved and distinguished historian James Horton has passed away. James was for much of his career a professor at George Washington University. He wrote a number of important works in African American history, including In Hope of Liberty: Culture, Community, and Protest Among Northern Free Blacks, 1700-1860, Slavery and the Making of America (with Lois Horton), Black Bostonians: Family Life and Community Struggle in the Antebellum North (with Lois Horton), and Hard Road to Freedom: The Story of Africa America (with Lois Horton), and an edited volume Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff of American Memory (co-edited with Lois Horton). Like many other historians of the pre-Civil War era and of African American history, I have been a beneficiary of Jim's and Lois' mentoring. But one vignette stands out in my mind -- back in spring 2006 when I was visiting at the University of Hawaii I read Slavery and Public History and then a few days later I was walking in Waikiki and -- astonishingly -- I saw Jim and Lois walking down the sidewalk, coming the other way. We were all surprised to see each other so far from the east coast! They were visiting, too, at Hawaii that semester. And then followed the chance to spend some quality time together in such an ideal place. I know that Jim and Lois has such a wonderful time in Hawaii, where they had spent some time in their younger years. I recall hearing that Jim had some health problems in recent years and I'm very sorry to hear of his passing. GW's memorial notice is here.
Sarah Haan will be joining Washington and Lee from the University of Idaho College of Law with tenure as Associate Professor of Law. Sarah teaches business organizations, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions. Her scholarship examines corporate political speech and disclosure; her most recent publication is “Shareholder Proposal Settlements and the Private Ordering of Public Elections,” 126 Yale L.J. 262 (2016).
Congratulations to Professor Haan and Washington and Lee!
Texas Tech University (Texas Tech) invites nominations and applications for the Dean of the School of Law & W. Frank Newton Professor of Law search. The Dean will serve as a strong advocate on behalf of the School to internal and external university stakeholders in addition to representing the School of Law and Texas Tech University on the national and international stage.
To view the complete position profile, please click here.
Qualifications and Characteristics Candidates for the Dean of the School of Law at Texas Tech University must possess the following qualifications and experience: • A Juris Doctor (J.D.) or other terminal degree in law, and at least ten years of experience in the teaching and/or practice of law; • Substantial credentials appropriate for an endowed, tenured appointment at the rank of professor; • Demonstrated strategic, ethical, and effective leadership skills; a proven track-record as an innovator and an effective communicator with a high level of integrity and emotional intelligence; • Experience with national and international issues affecting legal and graduate education; • Experience in fundraising or the interest and potential in partnering with university advancement officers to secure external gifts, grants, and funding to support law school programs; • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate effectively within the University, the School of Law, and the larger legal community; the ability to motivate and inspire faculty; and a commitment to shared governance. • A demonstrated commitment to diversity.
Application Process The Search Committee, chaired by W. Brent Lindquist, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at the Texas Tech University, will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until April 7, 2017. Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae and a letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Submission of materials via e-mail is required. Nomination letters should include the name, position, and contact information of the nominee. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence.
Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted to:
Alberto Pimentel Managing Partner Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates 6512 Painter Avenue Whittier, CA 90601 562-360-1353 (FAX)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Refer to code “TTU-DSL” in subject line
As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse university leadership committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their leadership to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The University welcomes applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.
I have an essay in Slate today, explaining why the recent disciplinary complaint -- signed by 15 legal ethics professors -- against Kellyanne Conway is a very bad idea. In a nutshell,
The professors no doubt have faith in the professionalism of the District of Columbia Office of Disciplinary Counsel, but the bar authorities in other states may not always be reliably even-handed or apolitical. It is hardly inconceivable that lawyer discipline might somewhere be used as a weapon against disfavored or minority candidates, or as a means to squelch protest movements and insurgent campaigns. In the 1940s and 1950s, suspected Communists and alleged “fellow travelers” found their law licenses in jeopardy in many states. In the 1960s and 1970s, civil rights lawyers were hauled before the bar authorities in the South. The complaint against Conway is an unfortunate step back in the direction of using lawyer discipline against political enemies.