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.
Professor and Associate Dean Kathleen Boozang of Seton Hall Law has been named the school's new dean, taking over from longtime dean Patrick Hobbs this summer. She has a JD from Washington University in St. Louis.
The University of Oregon has announced that Michael Schill, the Dean of the University of Chicago Law School, will be taking over as the President of UO. Since the late Dave Frohnmayer - a former law professor - left the Oregon presidency six years ago, the school has had significant turnover in the job - with four different people having been President either in a permanent or interim capacity in that short period. Schill has been Dean at Chicago since 2010 and served as Dean at UCLA before that.
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.