Today, Widener University has officially split its law school into two separate units. The ABA has approved the move. Widener's Wilmington, Delaware campus will be called Widener University Delaware Law School. Rodney Smolla, former law dean of the University of Richmond and Washington and Lee, and a visiting professor at Georgia Law, will lead this campus. The Harrisburg campus will now be called Widener University Commonwealth Law School. Christian Johnson, a professor at the University of Utah, will be its dean.
I'm very pleased to announce that my wonderful former colleague, Jennifer Rosato Perea, has been named the new Dean of DePaul University College of Law. Jennifer is currently Dean of the Northern Illinois University College of Law and holds a JD from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jennifer was the Acting Dean at the (then) Drexel University College of Law during our first year of operation. She brings lots of wisdom and energy to the new position. Congratulations to DePaul!
Klint Alexander, a Senior Lecturer at Vanderbilt University's Law School and its Political Science department has been named the new dean of the University of Wyoming College of Law. He holds a JD from Virginia and a Ph.D from Cambridge.
And they are: Ray Brescia (Albany Law School); Alberto Coll (DePaul College of Law); Raymond Pierce, (partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough); and Kathleen Boozang and Erik Lillquist (both of Seton Hall). Check the link for extended bios.
Thanks to a commenter to a prior post, I can now tell you that the finalists in the University of Florida School of Law dean search are: Michael Cahill, Laura Rosenbury, Mark Alexander and Charles Tabb.
This is getting to be old news, but I just hadn't gotten it up yet. Jennifer Bard, a professor at Texas Tech Law, has been named the new dean of the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She holds a JD from Yale and a Ph.D in Philosophy from Texas Tech.
The University of Dayton School of Law has announced that Andrew Strauss will become its new dean this summer. Strauss is a professor and associate dean at Widener Law, where he has been on the faculty since 1990. He holds a JD from NYU.
There is great news coming from our neighbors at Penn Law. The University of Pennsylvania has named Professor Theodore Ruger, the current Deputy Dean of the law school, as its new permanent dean. He will take over from Wendell Pritchett, the Interim Dean, July 1. Ted is a graduate of Harvard Law.
Congrats to Ted and the law school on an excellent selection.
Newly elected Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolfe nominated Duquene Law Dean Ken Gormley to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court today. He was nominated to serve the remainder of one of two current vacant slots on the Court - until new justices are elected this fall. Gormley has agreed not to run in that election and will, presumably, return to Duquesne. This will be a nice addition to Gormley's "service" report to the school's provost next year.
University of Dayton Law Dean Paul McGreal has been named the new dean of Creighton's law school. He will take over in July. McGeal became dean of Dayton in 2011. He holds a JD from SMU and an LLM from Yale. He previously served on the faculty of Southern Illinois Law.
Acting Dean Alicia Ouellette, of Albany Law School, has been named permanently to the position. She will also become the free-standing school's president beginning July 1, when former dean Penelope Andrews leaves that position. Ouelette holds a JD from the law school.