American University has announced that Professor Camille Nelson, from Suffolk Law, will be the new dean of the law school. Nelson, who served as Suffolk Law's dean from 2010-2015, will take over this summer. Claudio Grossman, American's outgoing dean, has been in the position since 1995.
The finalists for the position are S. James Anaya, who is a Regents’ Professor and James J. Lenoir Professor of Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of Arizona; Mary Anne Bobinski, professor at the Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver; Laura E. Gómez, professor at the UCLA School of Law; and Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Charles and Marion J. Kierscht Professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law.
Michigan State University School of Law announced that Lawrence Ponoroff will be its new dean, effective this summer. Ponoroff replaces Joan Howarth who has been dean since 2008. Ponoroff is current on the faculty of the University of Arizona Law where he was dean from 2009-2012. Before that he was the dean of Tulane Law.
With the departure of Dean David Wippman this June, the University of Minnesota School of Law has posted its dean search announcement and list of committee members here. My senese is that, notwithstanding struggles in the entire legal industry, or more accurately, as a result of such struggles, deanships at schools like Minnesota continue to be highly attractive opportunities.
Loyola University Chicago has appointed Michael Kaufman as Interim Dean of the law school, effective July 1. The announcement followed David Yellen's appointment as the President of Marist College this summer. Kaufman, who holds a JD from Michigan Law, has served as associate dean for academic affairs at Loyola since 2005.
President Tom Galligan, of Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire, has been named the new Dean of the LSU Law Center. He will take over this summer. He was the Dean of the University of Tennessee College of Law before heading to Colby-Sawyer. He previously taught at LSU Law from 1986 to 1998.
New York's Marist College has announced that Loyola - Chicago Law Dean David Yellen will become its next President. Dean Yellen has been at Loyola since 2005. He previously served as the Dean of Hofstra School of Law. He holds a JD from Cornell. It will be quite a change for Marist. Its current leader, President Dennis Murray, has led the college for 37 years.
Villanova University Law Dean John Gotanda has accepted a new position as President of Hawai'i Pacific University. Gotanda became Dean in 2011 and has done a great job leading Villanova Law out of choppy waters while, at the same time, doing exceptional fundraising (including a $25 million naming gift.) I am certain he will be very missed. Gotanda takes over at the Honolulu university in June.
Concordia Law Dean Cathy Silak has been named Concordia University's new Vice President for community engagement. She will also remain dean temporarily, as the school conducts a search for her replacement.
Chapman University has announced that Matthew J. Parlow will serve as the next dean of the law school, starting this summer. He is currently the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Marquette University Law School. Parlow holds a JD from Yale. He taught at Chapman Law from 2005 to 2008, before joining the Marquette faculty . His wife, Janine Kim, currently a professor of law at Marquette Law, also will join the Chapman Law faculty. The presser is here.
According to this report, nine people have applied to become Chancellor of the Southern University law school, including three Southern Law administrators: John Pierre, Russell Jones and Roederick White Sr.. Other applicants include Louisiana Judge John Michael Guidry; Joan Bullock, associate dean at Florida A&M Law; Preston Castille Jr., Monique Edwards, Alexander Daniel Hamilton VI; and Texas Municipal Judge Jay Robinson.
Duquesne Law Dean Kenneth Gormley has been named the new President of Duquesne University, effective July 1. Professor Nancy Perkins will serve as interim dean until a permanent dean has been identified.
Professor Jerry Anderson of Drake University Law School has been named the school's new dean, effective July 1, 2016. He succeeds Ben Ullem, who is currently serving a two-year term as dean of the Law School. Anderson holds a JD from Stanford Law.
American University Law has announced four finalists in its search for a new dean. They are:
Robert Ahdieh, Vice Dean and K.H. Gyr Professor of Private International Law, Emory University Law; Camille Nelson, Former Dean and Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School; Andrew Popper, Professor of Law and Former Deputy Dean, American University Law; and Brent White, Associate Dean for Programs and Global Initiatives and Professor of Law, University of Arizona Law.
Nebraska Law Dean Susan Poser has been named the new provost of the University of Illinois - Chicago. She will take over in February. Poser has served as Nebraska's dean since May, 2010 and her tenure has been highly successful. This is a particularly notable move given that UIC doesn't have a law school. Nebraska will name an interim dean shortly. More details here.
On November 4, Duquesne University announced that Duquesne Law Dean Kenneth G. Gormley would become the university's new president. Prior to assuming his new role on July 1, 2016, Gormley is taking a sabbatical. Professor Nancy Perkin is serving as Interim Dean and the university is launching a search with the goal of appointing a permanent law dean before the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic year.