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.
Professor Bruce Smith, of the University of Illinois College of Law, has been named the new law dean at the University of Denver, effective this summer. Smith led Illinois Law as its dean from 2009-14, taking over after a tumultuous period at the law school. Smith, who holds a JD and Ph.D (in history) from Yale, replaces Dean Marty Katz who has led Denver for the past seven years.
Good news from Provo! Professor Gordon Smith has been named as the new law school dean at Brigham Young University, effective this May. Gordon, who holds a JD from the University of Chicago, previously served as the school's associate dean.
Most readers have probably heard about Sujit Choudhry's flame-out as Dean of Berkeley Law. The University of California has now filled the vacancy, naming Professor Melissa Murray as the school's Interim Dean. Murray, a Yale Law graduate, has been a member of the Berkeley faculty since 2006.
Professor Michael Cahill of Brooklyn Law School has been named the new Co-Dean of Rutgers Law, heading up the Camden campus. Cahill holds a JD from the University of Michigan and previously served as Brooklyn's Vice-Dean. He will join Rutgers this summer.