In an e-mail from the Charlotte administration to its students sent on January 3, the Dean and President of Charlotte informed students:
We are actively pursuing an arrangement with Florida Coastal School of Law to ensure that regardless of our dispute with ED our students can complete their program of study and receive an ABA-accredited degree. We have been actively working with our regulators respecting this arrangement.
We hope to have in place by the end of the week a specific process for transferring to Coastal, including for students with fewer or more than 30 credits.
This e-mail, along with an earlier e-mail, suggested that Coastal students would be guaranteed a place at Florida Coastal.
Not so fast, says Florida Coastal Dean Scott Devito. In an e-mail sent to all Florida Coastal students on January 5th, he stated:
At present, there exists a misconception that Coastal Law is going to effectively allow any Charlotte Law student to transfer to Coastal.
Let me be clear. That is not true.
. . .we will only allow students to transfer to Coastal if the student’s academic credentials (including LSAT, undergraduate GPA, and law school GPA) demonstrate that the student has a high probability of passing the bar.
. . . A concern that has been raised by faculty, students, and staff is that too many Charlotte students will apply to transfer here. I do not believe this will be the case.
. . .we will only accept students who meet our criteria for admission to the law school—a central feature of such criteria is that the student’s academic credentials demonstrate that they are highly likely to succeed in law school and pass the bar. This will limit the students who will be able to transfer to Coastal Law.
There's some exciting news today out of my old home in West Philly. Dan Filler has been named the next dean at Drexel Law School. Cribbing now from Drexel president John Fry's announcement:
We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel M. Filler as the new dean of Drexel’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law. Professor Filler, 54, currently is the Kline School’s Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs. As an inaugural member of the faculty in 2006, he helped with the formative development of the School. In his new leadership role, Dan brings a wealth of legal practice experience, in addition to 18 years in teaching.
Dan was chosen from a list of excellent finalists after a national search by the firm Korn Ferry, which specializes in law school deanship searches. We thank Dr. James Herbert, chair, and the members of the search committee comprised of faculty, students, alumni and members of the judicial community for their service and such a wonderful outcome.
As a practitioner, legal scholar and academic, Dan enjoys the highest respect from colleagues in the legalcommunity. They view him as someone who builds networks, encourages collegiality and brings out the best in new scholars and teachers, helping them develop and find their footing in the classroom and in scholarship. Those qualities are well-known by the Kline School of Law faculty and professional staff, who were actively engaged in the search for a new dean.
Working in collaboration with founding dean Roger Dennis, Dan has helped expand the law school’s LLM program, which trains international lawyers about the U.S. legal system, the Global JD program for lawyers from abroad who plan to sit for an American bar exam, and online Master of Legal Studies, which recently joined an exclusive group of law schools in receiving accreditation from the Compliance Certification Board.
As a scholar, Dan’s work has focused on issues relating to juvenile justice, sex-offender community notification, and the death penalty. His scholarship has appeared in some the nation’s top law journals and his trailblazing work on Megan’s Law was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court. Before joining Drexel, Dan was a professor of law at the University of Alabama School of Law, where he established the school's Capital Defense Clinic. During that time, he chaired the American Bar Association’s assessment of the fairness and accuracy of the Alabama death penalty. The U.S. Supreme Court cited the report that resulted from that assessment in a 2012 ruling that favored a death-row inmate in Alabama. Pennsylvania leaders looked to Dan for his expertise on capital punishment in 2012, appointing him to the Pennsylvania Joint State Government Advisory Committee on Capital Punishment. He has been a leader in the legal academic community, serving as chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Law and Humanities and on the executive board of several other AALS sections.
Dan also has been a leading commentator on legal education, creating in 2008 The Faculty Lounge blog, which quickly became one of the go-to blogs in the legal academic community. In addition to logging millions of visits, The Faculty Lounge has been a three-time winner of the American Bar Association’s Blawg 100 award.
Dan earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University and his JD from New York University School of Law after serving as an editor for the New York University Law Review and winning the Orison S. Marden Moot Court Competition. Dan clerked for Judge J. Dickson Phillips, on the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and worked for The Bronx Defenders and the Defender Association of Philadelphia following two years at the internationally renowned law firm, Debevoise & Plimpton.
This is an exciting time for the Kline School of Law, which welcomed its tenth class in August. Thanks to the magnificent gift from noted trial attorney Thomas R. Kline, students soon will be able to hone their advocacy skills in a unique setting — the Thomas R. Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy, housed in a renovated historic building at 1200 Chestnut Street.
While we welcome Dan to his new role, effective Jan. 1, we are profoundly grateful to Roger Dennis for putting Kline Law on such a successful path during a difficult period in American legal education. Throughout his tenure as dean, Roger has remained the driving force behind this innovative and successful institution.
We are confident that, under his leadership, Drexel’s Kline School of Law will realize its enormous potential to advance legal education. Please join us in congratulating Dan.
Temple University invites applications and nominations for the position of dean, Beasley School of Law. The dean is the chief administrative officer and chief academic officer of the law school and a tenured member of the faculty. Appointed by the president, the dean reports to and works with the provost. Candidates should have a J.D. degree and a strong record of scholarship, teaching, and service to the profession. The dean will be charged with maintaining the school’s commitment to access and excellence; garnering resources to support academic endeavors; continuing to develop the Law School's curriculum; and supporting the faculty’s commitment to scholarship and classroom teaching excellence. In light of Temple’s longstanding commitment to diversity, we particularly encourage applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups.
The University A Carnegie classified Doctoral University/Highest Research Activity institution, Temple is the 32nd largest university in the U.S. and one of the nation’s leading centers of professional education. The University’s 17 schools and colleges, eight campuses, over 500 degree programs, and over 39,000 students combine to create one of the nation’s most comprehensive and diverse learning environments.
The Law School Temple University Beasley School of Law is committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. The 58-member full-time faculty is dedicated to maintaining its outstanding record of scholarship while preparing students to enter and continue in the legal profession with the highest level of skill possible. The School seeks to maintain and strengthen its longstanding tradition of accessibility and diversity in order to pursue the goals of excellence in higher education and equal justice under the law. Temple Law’s diverse and talented students bring a wide range of interests and backgrounds to their study of law, arriving from 113 undergraduate schools and 25 states and countries. Selected through a highly individualized admissions process from an applicant pool of nearly 2,000 applicants, the law school student body is nationally competitive. The J.D. program serves students through both day and evening divisions.
Temple University has engaged Heidrick & Struggles, a national executive search firm, to assist with this search. Review of applications will start immediately. Please direct applications, nominations and inquiries to:
firstname.lastname@example.org, Heidrick & Struggles Jackie Zavitz, Principal J.J. Cutler, Principal Samantha Thompson, Associate Education, Non-profit and Social Enterprise Practice 1735 Market Street Suite 3550 Philadelphia, PA 19103
Dean Eric Lane of Hofstra Law has announced he will step down at the end of December. Lane joined the faculty in 1976 and has served as Dean since 2013. Judge Gail Prudenti, who recently joined the law school in 2015 as Executive Director of the Center for Children, Families and the Law and Senior Associate Dean for Operations, has been named Interim Dean. The school will conduct a search next year.
Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz has announced he will step down as the Dean of the University of Arkansas - Little Rock law school at the end of the school year. He joined UALR as dean in July 2013.
According to one source, he is being forced out for political reasons, because of an email he sent to students after the election offering counseling to those upset by the results. A colleague of Schwartz's, Robert Steinbuch, who previously tussled with Schwartz over diversity in admissions, explained to Heatstreet:
If you tell people every time they lose they’re entitled to counseling, you elevate the perceived level of wrong beyond what it is. Most assuredly, Democrats are disappointed a Republican won. I recall when the Democratic Party won the Presidency twice each of the previous two elections. I knew plenty of people who were disappointed at that time, but I didn’t know anybody that needed grief counseling. I think when we tell people that they need some form of grief counseling we are normalizing hysteria and suggesting there’s something immoral or wrong about our democratic process.
The University of Akron invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the School of Law, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2017. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
The University of Akron School of Law is a public law school of approximately 450 students, with both full-time and part-time programs, and opportunities to begin study in either the Fall or the Spring. The school offers the J.D., five joint-degree programs, an LL.M. in Intellectual Property, and various certificate programs for both J.D. and non-J.D. students. Since its founding in 1921, the school has graduated over 6,300 men and women. The school has historically embraced a strong commitment to teaching and public service in the community.
Akron Law has recently experienced tremendous upward trajectories in admissions in terms of applications, selectivity, yield, and the size and quality of the incoming class. The employment rate for graduates is above the national average. The school boasts several Centers with opportunities for students to distinguish themselves in their education and practice-ready preparation: a Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology; a Constitutional Law Center, one of only four such centers established by Congress; and the Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Institute for Professional Responsibility. The Akron trial advocacy program also consistently ranks among the top in the nation. Clinical programs in a wide variety of areas have won awards recently for their excellence and innovation, and new clinical programs continue to be added under growing faculty numbers and associations with outside practitioners. Akron Law and its programs have been showered over the past year with national recognition, including a #7 ranking for training prosecutors and public defenders, an “A” grade for our Intellectual Property program, a Top 50 ranking in 2015-16 from Above The Law, a Top 25 recognition for bar exam preparation, and a Top 8 rating for affordable living and quality of education. Akron Law also continues to be recognized as a Best Value school.
The C. Blake McDowell Law Center building has been undergoing a $21 million renovation which will be completed by summer 2017. The new building and renovated space features a large state-of-the-art courtroom, several large tiered classrooms, seminar classrooms with moveable furniture, additional study space as well as collaborative space for both students and faculty, and improved space for career services, academic success, and the clinics. Akron Law also values its global partnerships. The school hosts international visiting scholars, offers courses focused on global lawyering skills that include students from across the world, and runs a two-country, three-city, four-week study abroad program in Japan & South Korea. The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the School of Law and provides leadership in ensuring academic excellence; supports faculty in achieving and maintaining excellence in teaching, research, and engagement in community service; cultivates strong alumni and external relationships; and engages in extensive fund-raising activities. The Dean reports to the Senior Vice President and Provost/Chief Operating Officer and serves on the University's leadership team.
Candidates for the deanship should have an earned law degree from an ABA-accredited law school; credentials commensurate with appointment as Professor of Law with tenure; and a record of outstanding accomplishment in legal education or an equivalent record of accomplishment in comparable fields. The ideal candidate will possess demonstrated recruitment, outreach, and fund-raising skills; a record of achievement in support of inclusive excellence, diversity, and consensus-building; proven ability to create trust and good working relationships with all constituencies; and a strong vision for the future of legal education and The University of Akron School of Law, as well as the ability to lead the School of Law in the realization of such vision. The new Dean of The University of Akron School of Law will be expected to continue the school’s recent trend of excellence in terms of growth in admissions and success in job placements for graduates.
For complete details and to apply for this position, visit: http://www.uakron.edu/jobs/, Job #5830. In addition to the online application, letters of application should address the qualifications listed above, and should be accompanied by a complete curriculum vitae and contact information for five references. Position nominations should be directed to School of Law Dean Search Committee, care of Peggy Walchalk, Office of the Dean, Williams Honors College, The University of Akron, Akron, OH, 44325-1803, or via e-mail. Additional information about the programs and services of The University of Akron School of Law is available at http://www.uakron.edu/law/. The University of Akron is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and to the principles of affirmative action in accordance with state and federal laws.
From an email message which I received earlier today:
Duquesne University invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Law. The individual appointed will succeed Interim Dean Maureen Lally-Green. The previous dean, Ken Gormley, was inaugurated this fall as Duquesne’s 13th President.
Founded in 1911, the School of Law employs around 32 full-time faculty and enrolls approximately 400 students. It offers full- and part-time day programs as well as an evening program – all three of which lead to the J.D. degree. Additional courses of study include an LL.M. for foreign lawyers, the Paralegal Institute (recognized as among the best such programs in the nation) and a number of joint degree programs. Since its establishment, the school has enjoyed an excellent relationship with the bench and the bar. Additional information may be found at a Web site developed specifically for this search process: www.law.duq.edu/deansearch.
Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, and describes itself as Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit. Its Mission Statement commits the university to “serving God by serving students.” Applicants for the deanship of the School of Law should expect to be asked how they might support and contribute to this mission.
Candidates must be eligible to hold a senior tenured appointment in the School of Law, document an outstanding record as a legal scholar and educator, and possess demonstrated administrative and leadership skills. The ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of diverse constituencies is also a prerequisite.
Based on a solid record of achievement, the successful candidate will have established a reputation for high personal integrity, honesty and trustworthiness as well as the potential to excel in the following areas:
Sustaining and enhancing the rising reputation of the School of Law regionally, nationally and internationally
Fostering the academic and professional development of students
Supporting members of the faculty in their teaching, scholarship and service
Leading the faculty in introducing curricular and programmatic innovations that enhance learning
Monitoring and responding to advances in the field of legal education, both generally and as reflected in ABA and AALS accreditation standards
Effectively managing the school’s finances and administrative operations in the context of today’s dynamic and challenging environment for legal education
Building and maintaining bridges between the school and the communities that surround it, with special attention to issues of social justice and service to marginalized populations
Maintaining and strengthening positive relationships with alumni and alumnae, the bar and the bench.
The dean reports to the provost and is a key member of the senior leadership team in Academic Affairs. In this capacity, the dean is expected to collaborate with the Office of University Advancement in raising funds for the university as well as for the school, and to support the university’s commitment to diversity as one of a number of goals articulated in its Strategic Plan
Duquesne University is committed to attracting, retaining and developing a diverse administration, faculty and staff that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic mission and enriches our campus community. As a charter member of the Ohio, Western PA and West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), we encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and support dual-career couples. Motivated by our Catholic and Spiritan identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer.
Nominations. Nominations of well qualified individuals may be directed to search committee chair, the Honorable Maureen Kelly at LawSearch@duq.edu.
Applications. Duquesne’s Division of Academic Affairs uses Interfolio to collect electronically all faculty and administrative job applications. Candidates should submit a detailed letter of application that is responsive to this announcement, a current Curriculum Vitae, and the names, relationships to the candidate, and contact information for five references. (References will not be contacted until the final stages of the selection process and even then, only after the candidate has been notified.) Applications should be submitted to: https://apply.interfolio.com/39218.
The review of applications will begin on January 6, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.
Mercer University seeks an outstanding individual to become the next Dean of the School of Law. The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer for the Law School and reports directly to the Provost of the University. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2017.
Mercer University School of Law is a private law school located in Macon, Georgia with some programs on the University’s Atlanta campus. Founded in 1873, the School of Law was approved by the ABA in 1925 and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. It has a student body of approximately 400 J.D. students, a living alumni base of over 6,000, and a longstanding commitment to excellence and innovation in legal education.
Candidates must have a J.D. from an accredited college or university and a distinguished record appropriate for appointment as a tenured law professor. The successful candidate will be an accomplished and recognized leader in the legal profession who can build upon the Law School’s strengths and engage faculty, staff, students, and alumni in developing and implementing a vision for the future of the School of Law. He or she will have a demonstrated commitment to legal education and the legal profession; possess strong interpersonal skills; and maintain the highest standards of personal integrity. The candidate should be prepared to lead an institution that places emphasis on intellectual rigor, practical skills, professional relationships, and ethics and professionalism, and will be qualified to lead the faculty in fulfilling its commitment to teaching, research, and service. The candidate should have a record of achievement in administrative leadership, strategic planning, budgeting and resource allocation, and possess the ability to be successful in alumni outreach and fundraising. Because Mercer University and the Law School seek to foster a diverse faculty, staff, and student body, the successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Interested candidates should complete an online application at www.mercerjobs.com and attach a letter of interest and a current CV. All correspondence and inquiries should be emailed to the Dean Search Committee c/o Karen A. Batts, Office of the Dean of the School of Law, at email@example.com. Review of applications will begin on November 4, 2016. All correspondence will be held in strict confidence.
Dean Wendy Scott has announced that she will step down as Dean of the Mississippi College of Law, effective December 1. She has served in the position since August of 2014. An Interim Dean is expected to be named shortly.
THOMAS JEFFERSON SCHOOL OF LAW invites applications and nominations for the position of President and Dean of the Law School. The next President and Dean must possess integrity as well as high academic and personal standards, be energetic and persistent in the pursuit of excellence, and be enthusiastic about the Law School’s values and mission. The successful candidate will bring passion, insight, and expertise to advancing the Law School’s educational and scholarly missions and to managing and further developing a dynamic and maturing institution of higher education.
Thomas Jefferson School of Law is an independent, fully ABA-approved, AALS member law school located in the heart of San Diego, California. The Law School enrolls more than 500 diverse and engaged law students from across the nation and throughout the world in its J.D., LL.M, J.S.M., and J.S.D. programs. It offers full-time, part-time, day, evening, and online programs, as well as a joint J.D.-M.B.A. program in collaboration with San Diego State University. The dynamic, diverse, and highly productive faculty is characterized by its deep commitment to teaching and scholarship. Since the spring of 2011, the Law School has occupied a new, technologically advanced, eight-story, 177,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility in the East Village area of downtown San Diego.
John Marshall Law School in Chicago has announced that Dean Darby Dickerson of Texas Tech Law will be its new Dean. She will take over on January 1. Dickerson, who holds a JD from Vanderbilt, joined Texas Tech as its Dean in 2011.
The University of Oregon invites nominations and applications for the Dean of the School of Law. The Dean reports to the Senior Vice President and Provost and is the academic leader, fundraiser, and chief executive of Oregon Law.
Founded in 1884, the University of Oregon School of Law is the top law school in Oregon with campuses in both Eugene and Portland. It is the state’s only public law school, with a long tradition of training top lawyers, including judges, politicians, government officials, legal scholars, and other law professionals to serve clients, the state, the nation, and the world. Oregon Law’s highly ranked specialty programs include Environmental and Natural Resources law, Appropriate Dispute Resolution, and Legal Research and Writing. The School has a robust undergraduate program in Legal Studies, an LLM program, and a Master’s program in Conflict and Dispute Resolution. The School is well integrated into the larger University community. Building on a commitment to serve the public interest, Oregon Law prepares lawyers to become innovators, activists, and advocates for change, all working within the law to make society better. More information about the Law School may be found at www.law.uoregon.edu.
The Dean of the School of Law will be an inspiring, broad-minded leader and legal professional with a nimble and dynamic vision for enhancing the excellence of Oregon Law. The Dean will possess a J.D. and an academic record to qualify for tenure. Candidates should have a distinguished record of academic achievements in a core discipline and/or interdisciplinary field and the credentials to warrant appointment as a professor within the School. The Dean will nurture high-quality research, teaching, and diversity as important components of academic excellence. The successful candidate also will have strong experience with successful advocacy and fundraising. Candidates should possess demonstrated ability and experience to manage a large, complex budget. In addition to these requirements, the Dean will provide leadership and strategic vision, work well in a collaborative decision-making environment with associates and key constituencies, and have demonstrated organizational and management skills to lead path-breaking legal education.
The University of Oregon is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities, is a member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, and holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The University offers 272 undergraduate majors, minors, and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines across nine schools and colleges. The University has broad-based academic strengths with eight professional programs and 12 doctoral programs ranked among the top 20 percent nationally.
Inquiries, nominations, and expressions of interest may be sent to Werner Boel and Suzanne Teer, the Witt/Kieffer consultants assisting the Law School with this search, at OregonLawDean@wittkieffer.com. Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged. A complete application will include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for five professional references. The anticipated starting date for the new dean is July 1, 2017. This position is open until filled.
In response to several straight poor results on bar examinations, which (although Dean DeVito doesn’t directly admit this) were the direct result of dropping admission standards starting in 2011, Dean DeVito announced that the school will be raising its admission standards back to 2010 levels, aiming for a median LSAT of 150 or higher, and a 25% percentile of 147. The letter indicates that Florida Coastal has already raised their incoming LSAT requirements by 5 points (for 2015, they were at 148/144/141) and states that the school plans to raise LSAT quartiles by two more points in the next admissions cycle. He suggests that this change should result in a return to bar passage rates in the mid 70s, noting that Florida Coastal’s first-time pass rate was consistently in the mid 70s prior to 2010 when their median LSAT was 150.
Dean DeVito should be heartily commended for finally putting a stop to the exploitation of hundreds of students with poor aptitude for the study of law. But it is clear that he has done so very grudgingly, and that he is not happy about it. In fact, he says he is “incredibly frustrated” at having to raise standards because the more pressing crisis, in his view, is diversity in the profession, not declining bar passage rates. He does not acknowledge in any way that Florida Coastal erred by lowering its standards in the first place, but rather bemoans the fact that raising admissions standards to the levels required to produce an acceptable bar pass rate will (in his opinion) result in decreased diversity because of an insufficient pool of minority students with LSAT scores close to the median. (Incidentally, the actual median is between 151 and 152, not 150.) While I do not doubt Dean DeVito’s sincere commitment to increasing diversity in the profession, he is not fooling anyone if he is suggesting that Florida Coastal’s decision to dramatically lower its admission standards was driven by a desire to increase diversity. Florida Coastal’s irresponsible and unethical admission policies, like those of its sister schools Charlotte and Arizona Summit, were driven by InfiLaw’s corporate policy of profit-maximization (aka greed). While these schools have touted their high rates of diversity, what they have failed to mention is that a disproportionate share of the enormous revenues they have generated in recent years came from minority students who were (quite predictably) unable to complete their degrees or pass the bar.
It's chaired by Paul Kahn and includes Stephen Carter, Amy Chua, Jon Macey, Claire Priest, Kate Stith, and Jim Silk. I'm thinking the successful candidate will probably be a senior partner at a big Connecticut firm, but who knows?
The appointments are organized alphabetically by state, and within each state, by school, with a list of the Head Dean and any Assistant and Associate Deans. In addition, profile links, email addresses and background degree information is provided. Certain information is color-coded to help identify specific factors (e.g., female deans, post-graduate degrees). We specifically focused on questions of gender, pedigree and level of degrees in relation to state geographies, and we have included some overview of our findings below.
There are, of course, a substantial number of additional factors that could be incorporated into the study, and might influence how the data is interpreted: e.g., questions of age, disability, race, sexual orientation, socio-economic conditions, and so forth. The data was compiled from the 2015-2016 academic year, so there may be some more recent updates that are not incorporated into this study. We apologize for any errors, hope the document is of interest, and grateful for any corrections.