It's chaired by Paul Kahn and includes Stephen Carter, Amy Chua, Jon Macey, Claire Priest, Kate Stith, and Jim Silk. I'm thinking the successful candidate will probably be a senior partner at a big Connecticut firm, but who knows?
The appointments are organized alphabetically by state, and within each state, by school, with a list of the Head Dean and any Assistant and Associate Deans. In addition, profile links, email addresses and background degree information is provided. Certain information is color-coded to help identify specific factors (e.g., female deans, post-graduate degrees). We specifically focused on questions of gender, pedigree and level of degrees in relation to state geographies, and we have included some overview of our findings below.
There are, of course, a substantial number of additional factors that could be incorporated into the study, and might influence how the data is interpreted: e.g., questions of age, disability, race, sexual orientation, socio-economic conditions, and so forth. The data was compiled from the 2015-2016 academic year, so there may be some more recent updates that are not incorporated into this study. We apologize for any errors, hope the document is of interest, and grateful for any corrections.
Last week, Dean Jocelyn Benson announced she would be stepping down as dean of Wayne State Law, to take over as CEO of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality. She served for four years. Next week, Lance Gable - the school's current associate dean - will take the helm as interim dean. Gable, who joined the Wayne State faculty in 2006, holds a JD Georgetown.
The University of Missouri at Columbia (MU) seeks a dynamic and visionary leader for the position of Dean of the School of Law. The Dean reports directly to the Provost and actively contributes to decisions affecting the University at large as a member of the Council of Deans. The Dean is responsible for strategic planning and budgets; hiring faculty and staff; development activities; and building a climate of excellence in the College, and in all aspects of the University’s academic mission.
MU, part of the four-campus University of Missouri System, is one of the most comprehensive universities in the United States. It is an AAU, Doctoral/Research Extensive, and Land-Grant institution with over 35,000 students. MU is located in Columbia, Missouri, one of America’s most livable cities. The School of Law is a full-time J.D. and L.L.M.-granting institution, and is home to 37 full-time faculty and approximately 320 students. MU was the first U.S. law school to offer an L.L.M. exclusively focused on dispute resolution and consistently ranks as one of the top law schools in that field. The School is a charter member of the AALS and is fully accredited by ABA. For more information, please see http://law.missouri.edu/. The School strives to foster a diverse faculty of nationally recognized scholars committed to effective teaching, and to attract a student body with diverse experiences and views.
Qualifications: The Dean should have a distinguished record appropriate to academic appointment as full professor. The ideal candidate is committed to the School’s mission of teaching, research, service, and economic development; is a strong advocate for diversity; and can articulate a compelling vision for the School’s future. Candidates should have appropriate administrative experience. The Dean will devote a substantial amount of his/her time to development activities. S/he should have the highest standards of personal integrity, be committed to stimulating innovation in the School, and be able to communicate the School’s vision to all audiences.
Loyal readers of this website will recall my debate in late 2014/early 2015, with Charlotte Law’s Dean Jay Conison, about Charlotte’s/InfiLaw’s admission policies. (For a refresher, see here and here.) I suggested, as I did in my infamous Dean candidate talk at Florida Coastal, that admitting so many extremely high risk students would inevitably result in a steep drop in bar passage rates, which would potentially jeopardize the school’s accreditation. Dean Conison disputed this notion, suggesting that horrible LSAT scores and UGPAs did not have the same meaning at Charlotte Law as elsewhere and admonishing me that law school is not a “black box.”
Dean Conison took the helm at Charlotte Law in April 2013, in time to impact admissions for the entering class of 2013. Let us not forget that Dean Conison came straight from being the Dean at Valparaiso Law School where the classes that he recruited in his final years have driven the school’s reputation, and bar passage rate, right into the toilet. Since the fall entering class of 2013 recently graduated, I thought it would be a propitious time to check in on how Charlotte’s students have fared under Conison’s leadership.
Retired Davis, Polk partner Harry Ballan has been named the new dean of Touro College Law. Ballan holds a JD from Columbia and a Ph.D in history and theory of music from Yale. He follows Patricia Salkin, who is now provost at Touro.
Concordia University School of Law in Boise, Idaho has a new Dean: Elena Langan, formerly of Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will become Dean on January 1, 2017. The school's announcement is here.
In March, the ABA Section of Legal Education's Council approved for notice and comment revisions to the ABA Standards 316 and 501 related to stricter bar passage rate requirements, admissions and attrition. Here are the key provisions:
Standard 316. BAR PASSAGE At least 75 percent of a law school’s graduates in a calendar year who sat for a bar examination must have passed a bar examination administered within two years of their date of graduation.
Standard 501. ADMISSION (a) A law school shall adopt, publish, and adhere to sound admission policies and practices consistent with the Standards, its mission, and the objectives of its program of legal education. (b) A law school shall admit only applicants who appear capable of satisfactorily completing its program of legal education and being admitted to the bar.
Interpretation 501-3. ATTRITION A law school having a non-transfer attrition rate above 20% percent bears the burden of demonstrating that it is in compliance with the Standard.
(For those wanting more detail, a marked up copy of the Standards (showing a comparison of the old rule and the proposed new rule) and the comments submitted regarding the proposal are available here.) Several thoughtful comments have been submitted related to these proposed standards, but this post is devoted to a comment submitted by Don LeDuc, the President and Dean of the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. Mr. LeDuc has written to express his vociferous opposition to the proposed changes to ABA Standard 501 and 316.
It should not be at all surprising that Mr. LeDuc opposes any tightening of the rules regarding admissions given that he presides over the law school that admitted the statistically weakest law school entering class in history in 2015. What is surprising are his outlandish claims that it is an “unproven assertion” that bar results are tied to admission factors, and it is a “flawed premise” “that factors involved in law school admission decisions can be used to predict bar examination success.”
University of Akron Law Dean Matthew Wilson, who joined Akron in 2014, has been named interim president of the university. He will serve for 18 months as the school searches for a new leader. Akron Law Professors Sarah Cravens and Ryan Vacca have been appointed as interim co-deans.
Dean JoAnne Epps, who has led Temple Law since 2008, has been nominated to become the new provost of Temple University. The appointment awaits approval of the Temple's board of trustees. Gregory Mandel will serve as interim dean of the law school.
Professor Judith Daar, who joined the Whittier Law faculty in 1990, has been named the school's new dean. She is a graduate of Georgetown Law and focuses on health law and bioethics. She served as associate dean from 2008 to 2012.
Eric Mitnick, who has been serving as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, has been appointed Interim Dean at U.Mass. Law starting July 1. From the official announcement:
Professor Mitnick received his A.B. from Cornell University; his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan; and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University in the fields of Public Law, Political Theory, and American Politics. He also practiced law from 1991-1995, a fact extremely important to the School of Law as it seeks to fulfill the goal of producing graduates who are ready for the practice of law. Professor Mitnick is an accomplished scholar in the areas of constitutional law, rights, socio-legal and multicultural theory and is author of the book, Rights, Groups, and Self-Invention: Group-Differentiated Rights in Liberal Theory (2006).
Professor Garry Jenkins, the associate dean of academic affairs at Ohio State Law has been named the new dean at the University of Minnesota Law School. Jenkins, who joined the Ohio State faculty in 2004, and holds a JD from Harvard, will take over in July.
Michelle Anderson, the outgoing dean at CUNY Law, has been named the President of Brooklyn College. Here is a portion of the announcement:
The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York today appointed Michelle J. Anderson as the tenth President of Brooklyn College. She is presently the Dean and Professor of Law at the CUNY School of Law. Chancellor James B. Milliken recommended Dean Anderson’s appointment to the CUNY Board of Trustees after a national search.
In a joint statement, Board of Trustees Chairperson Benno Schmidt and Chancellor Milliken stated: “Dean Anderson brings to Brooklyn College a record of extraordinary academic leadership and success, a strong commitment to students, an exemplary record of public service and a deep belief in Brooklyn College’s mission of academic excellence and opportunity. She will build upon an exemplary foundation of student and faculty achievement nurtured and enhanced by President Karen Gould at an institution so vital to our State, City and nation.”
The nomination was approved unanimously. The appointment is effective August 1, 2016.
Founded in 1930, Brooklyn College serves nearly 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students and was recently rated the number one “Best Bang for the Buck” college in America by Washington Monthly. Dean Anderson succeeds Dr. Karen L. Gould, the first woman to serve as Brooklyn College’s president, who is retiring from a long and distinguished career in higher education administration.