University of Texas School of Law professor and associate dean (and former interim dean) Stephanie Lindquist is leaving Austin for Athens. She has been named the new dean of the University of Georgia Schoolof Public and International Affairs. Lindquist, who holds a JD from Temple and a Ph.D from the University of South Carolina, taught in both the law school and political science department at Vanderbilt before moving to UT in 2008. She began her teaching career at UGA.
The University of San Francisco School of Law named John Trasviña its new dean last week. Trasviña, who holds a JD from Stanford, is currently the Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Opportunity in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He was previously President and General Counsel of MALDEF.
Professor David Herring, from the University of Pittsburgh, has been named the new dean of the University of New Mexico law school. Herring, who served as dean of Pitt from 1998 to 2005, holds a JD from Michigan. As an interesting side note, Herring was a Bigelow Fellow was back in 1986-7. I wonder how many other former fellows have become deans.
Susan Westerberg Prager, the executive director and chief executive officer of the AALS - and former dean of UCLA Law School - has announced that she will be leaving Washington, DC and returning to Los Angeles. She will be the new Dean and Chief Executive Officer at Southwestern Law School. The huge loss for the AALS is Southwestern's incredible gain. Congratulations to all.
Professor Lisa Kloppenberg from the University of Dayton has been named the new dean of the Santa Clara University School of Law. Kloppenberg previously served as Dayton's law school dean for ten years, from 2001 to 2011, She holds a JD from the University of Southern California.
The Rutgers University basketball coaching crisis has now made its mark on law schools. Rutgers - Newark Dean John Farmer, the former attorney general of New Jersey, has been named General Counsel of the University. He replaces John Wolf, the university GC who resigned as part of the continuing fallout from disclosure of the videos. This will be an interim appointment. Professor Ron Chen will temporarily take over the deanship until Farmer returns - allegedly in 12 to 18 months.
Bankruptcy judge J. Rich Leonard has been named the new law dean at Campbell. Judge Leonard completed his undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina, and he earned a law degree at Yale. He has served on the bankruptcy court for the Eastern District of North Carolina since 1992. Judge Leonard has been the editor in chief of the prestigious American Bankruptcy Law Journal since 2011. And a few months ago he published a children's book entitled The House by the Creek, "a tale of the Revolutionary War set in NC, filled with bravery and surprises, and based on a family legend."
I think faculty lounge readers will be very interested in Annette Clark's thoughtful and thought-provoking reflection on the events surrounding her departure as dean at SLU, "Postscript to a Deanship," which appeared recently in the Toledo Law Review. There is a lot in the article that's worthy of comment and reflection. The article reminds me that I should have said something last year when my friend and former colleague Phil Pucillo was blogging about about SLU here at the faculty lounge. Some people questioned why Phil, who's not a SLU faculty member, was blogging about this -- and I guess that was related to his urging faculty members to speak out. Phil is one of my heroes for having taken a stand in favor of faculty governance when he was on the Ave Maria faculty. His stand for faculty governance makes him an ideal person to comment on the situation at SLU and also to give some perspective on the likely consequences for everyone involved -- and the reasons why faculty might remain silent, as well as why they might speak out.
Professor Rick Bales of Northern Kentucky University School of Law has been selected as the new law school dean at Ohio Northern University. Bales, who holds a JD from Cornell, joined the NKU faculty in 1998. His primary (but not sole) focus area is employment law and he is a longtime blogger at Workplace Prof Blog. Let's hope he blogs as dean! (Dan Rodriguez certainly did - for a while at least.)
Thomas Guernsey, a member of the faculty at Albany Law School and Albany's dean from 2002-11, has been named the new President and Dean of Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Guernsey previously served as dean at Southern Illinois Law. He holds a JD from Wayne State.
Don Burnett, who has served as the dean of the University of Idaho College of Law since 2002, has been named Interim President of the University. Burnett was previously the law dean at the University of Louisville. He replaces President Duane Nellis who is moving to Lubbock to lead Texas Tech.
This time, she drops the "interim". Annette Clark, seven months past the SLU debacle, has now been named dean of Seattle University School of Law. Clark, who served as interim dean at Seattle in the 2009-10 school year, holds a JD from the University of Puget Sound - Seattle's predecessor institution. She was the dean at Saint Louis University Law from 2011 to 2012.
I can hear the smiles all the way back to the East Coast.
Professor Jeffrey Standen, the associate dean for faculty at Willamette University College of Law, has been named the new dean at Northern Kentucky University College of Law. Standen, who received his JD from Virginia, has been at Willamette since 1990.
Dan's appointment adds to the number of legal historians who are deans, including Dave Douglas at William and Mary, Greg Mark at DePaul, Robert Post at Yale, Bruce Smith at Illinois, Avi Soifer at Hawaii, Ray Solomon at Rutgers, and Bill Treanor at Georgetown.
Professor Andy Klein of Indiana University-Indianapolis School of Law has been named the school's dean effective July 1. Klein, who holds a JD from Emory, has has served in the IUPUI Chancellor’s Cabinet as chief of staff since 2010. In 2012, he also became the university's associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. He joined the IU-I faculty in 2000, after teaching at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law.
The University of Connecticut School of Law has selected, Tim Fisher, a partner in the Hartford office of McCarter and English, as its new dean. Fisher is a graduate of Columbia Law School. He will start on July 1. The other finalists were James Hackney, Edward Stein and Joseph McDougald.
A day after the interim deanship of Tom Keefe at SLU imploded, the University has now announced that one of the school's two dean finalists - Saint Louis Professor Mike Wolff - is the new school's new dean. (The other finalist was Anthony “A.J.” Chivetta, a partner at Armstrong Teasdale.) Wolff, who received his JD from Minnesota, served as a Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court for thirteen years. He had been a member of the Saint Louis University Law faculty for 23 years before joining the bench.