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.
CUNY Law School now has made public the names of all four of its dean search finalists. They are: Fern Fisher, Lolita Buckner Inniss, Mary Lu Bilek and Natalie Gomez-Velez. The CUNY page with links to the candidates' bios is here.
Northern Illinois University College of Law announced, today, that Eric Dannenmaier will take over as its dean this summer. Dannenmaier is a Professor of Law at Indiana-Indianapolis Law with a focus on environmental law, He holds a JD from Boston University and a JSD from Columbia, and joined the Indiana faculty in 2007.
CUNY Law School has announced two of the four finalists in its dean search. They are Dr. Lolita Buckner Inniss (Professor, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law) and Justice Fern Fisher (Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for New York City Courts). The bios for these two finalists are here. CUNY has not yet announced the other two finalists.
Syracuse University School of Law has announced that Dean Craig Boise of Cleveland-Marshall Law will become the New York school's new dean this summer. Boise, who holds a JD from the University of Chicago, and a tax LLM from NYU, joined Cleveland State in 2011.
University of Arizona Professor James Anaya has been named the new dean of the University of Colorado law school, effective this summer. Anaya, who holds a JD from Harvard, joined Arizona Law in 1999. He takes over from Dean Phil Weiser.
There's great news coming out of Loyola Law School - Los Angeles today. Professor Michael Waterstone, who joined the Loyola - LA faculty in 2006,, has been named the school's dean, effective this summer. Michael, who holds a JD from Harvard, got his start at the University of Mississippi (back when I was still at Alabama) and he's long been a wonderful colleague. Loyola will undoubtedly thrive under Michael's leadership.