Loyola Law School Los Angeles is seeking a new dean to replace Dean Victor Gold, who announced he was stepping down last winter. I understand that the interim dean, Paul Hayden, is not a candidate for the job. Full dean search materials are here. Russell Reynolds is the consultant.
Professor John Pierre, of Southern University Law Center, has been named the school's new Interim Chancellor - effectively, the dean of the law school. Pierre, an SMU Law graduate, has been on the SULC faculty since 1990.
Professor Vikram Amar, of UC Davis Law, has been named the new Dean of the University of Illinois College of Law. Amar was one of three finalists for the slot - along with Laura Rosenbury of Wash U. (who has since accepted the deanship at Florida) and Bobby Ahdieh of Emory. He holds a JD from Yale.
The University of New Mexico School of Law has announced that it will take the road less traveled, and will be led by co-deans. UNM Professors Alfred Mathewson and Sergio Pareja will share the job. Mathewson holds a JD from Yale and joined the faculty in 1983. Pareja holds a JD from Georgetown and joined UNM in 2005.
I have the pleasure of reporting that our new dean is Martin Brinkley, who is a partner of the Smith, Anderson firm in Raleigh. Martin is a summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College (class of 1987) and UNC's Law School (class of 1992). He was an articles editor of the North Carolina Law Review, then he went on to a clerkship with Judge Sam Ervin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and many years corporate practice with Smith, Anderson. Martin, who is a former president of the North Carolina Bar Association, is a beloved and deeply respected member of the North Carolina legal community.
People here are very much looking forward to Martin's leadership. As I said to Hannah Smoot of the Raleigh News and Observer I think the appointment of a practicing lawyer as dean reflects the shift we're seeing in legal education, towards more experiential learning. (And on further reflection I'd add that it also is part of the desire to strengthen and renew connections between legal education and the bar; and that it is part of UNC's particular focus on our deep and important connections to our state and our duty to service to our state.) Martin will bring together a lot of our constituencies and help us manage the changes that are necessary in legal education. I hope and expect that the students and alumni will also be very excited by his appointment. These are exciting times in Chapel Hill!
The image is of Chancellor Carol Folt introducing Martin Brinkley (on the left). Provost James Dean is in the rear.
Interim Dean Suzanne Reynolds, who has been a member of the Wake Forest Law faculty since 1981, has now been named the permanent dean of the law school. Reynolds, who holds her JD from Wake Forest, is the first woman to lead the law school.
Cardozo School of Law has named Melanie Leslie as its new dean. She is currently a Professor and Vice-Dean of the law school. She holds a JD from Cardozo and is both the first woman and first Cardozo graduate to head the school.
Professor Andrew Perlman of Suffolk University Law School has been named the school's new dean. In addition to being a faculty member, he is the director of the schools' Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation. He holds a JD from Harvard Law.
In recent weeks, two law school leaders announced they are stepping down from their positions. Dean Leroy Pernell will return to the Florida A&M faculty this fall after serving as its dean since 2009. And Freddie Pitcher, Jr., the Chancellor of Southern University Law Center will step down after almost 13 years at the helm.
The University of New Mexico has announced that its law dean, David Herring, will step down after two years leading the school. Herring stated that "it wasn't a good fit for me to lead the school." More details here. The Provost took the unusual step of announcing that it will replace Herring with an internal dean this summer.
In this account, Herring made a claim I have heard repeated - that the median law school dean tenure is two years. I just don't think this is true - as this chart created by Jim Rosenblatt indicates. But it does seem to be true that law school deans are serving shorter and shorter terms.
Pr0fessor Laura Rosenbury of the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law has been named the new Dean of University of Florida Law. She has previously been vice-dean for research and faculty development at Wash U. Rosenbury holds a JD from Harvard.