Penn Law is looking to replace Mike Fitts. The "Consultative Committee" - Penn's name, not mine - includes law professors Shyamkrishna Balganesh, William Burke-White, Jacques deLisle, Dorothy Roberts, Reed Shuldiner, and Christopher Yoo. It is chaired by Annenberg School Dean Michael Delli Carpini.
The University is using Korn/Ferry as their consultant. Nominations and names of possible candidates should be submitted directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wake Forest University has initiated the search for its next Dean of the Law School. The search committee, chaired by Provost Rogan Kersh, includes these law faculty members: Chris Coughlin, Tim Davis, Mark Hall, Sid Shapiro, and Kami Simmons.
The Spectrum, a SUNY Buffalo independent student newspaper, has extensive reporting on the resignation of Buffalo Law Dean Makau Mutua here. I previously blogged about the resignation, and posted a copy of a remarkable court filing suggesting significant misconduct by Mutua, here.
Dean Makau Mutua, who has led Buffalo Law for seven years, will be stepping down from the deanship this December. Dean Mutua made some size adjustments in the law school and has also had controversy in his time. (In fact, the litigation with Jeffrey Malkan continues. A filing here, submitted by the dean's co-defendant in the Malkan litigation, is pretty interesting in its own right.)
There is no position announcement yet, but as soon as it's available I'll post it here. I am expecting (and obviously hoping) that this search will draw the interest of terrific candidates. Carolina Law has an exciting intellectual environment among faculty and terrific students who go on to great careers in the state and nation. The law school is extremely fortunate to be an important part of a great public university. The faculty and students have great interdisciplinary opportunities here. Looking beyond Chapel Hill, the research triangle is home to four law schools (Duke and North Carolina Central in Durham, and Campbell in Raleigh, as well as Carolina Law) and provides a great intellectual environment. Like the other major college towns I've had the pleasure to live or work in over the decades since I graduated from high school, Chapel Hill is wonderful -- there are exciting and smart people who're setting the world on fire (metaphorically of course). And though these days I rarely pursue cultural events, there're far more theater, music, film, and lectures here and in Durhman than anyone could possibly take in.
There's never been in my lifetime a more challenging environment for law schools, but I believe that Carolina Law is positioned well to have an important place in educating the next generation of lawyers for exciting and important careers.
I've summed it all up in my finalized list of last year's law school dean searches here. On the whole, schools were very successful in finding new leadership. This year will be particularly intriguing with three excellent southeastern state university deanships open at North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.
Update: A reader points out that Florida's deanship is also open. My oversight! That makes FOUR great southeastern state deanships open right now.
In April, Dan wrote about the Florida Coastal dean search where the candidate was asked to leave in the middle of his job talk (under threat of a security escort out of the building) after his presentation turned a critical eye towards the school's admissions standards and bar passage rates.
Now Paul Campos fleshes out some of the details in this Atlantic piece, which he uses to launch a longer discussion about the Infilaw suite of schools and the crisis in higher education generally.
William Mitchell College of Law, in St. Paul, Minnesota, is search for a new leader to replace the outgoing Eric Janus. The position is President and Dean of the free-standing school. Full details of the search are here.
Case Western Reserve Law has announced that its Interim Co-deans - Jessica Berg and Michael Scharf - will continue to lead the law school next year. And apparently the school is in no hurry to conduct a dean search. This will presumably allow things to calm down a bit in Cleveland. Details here.
Congratulations to Matthew J. Wilson of the University of Wyoming, who has just been named dean at the University of Akron. Cribbing now from the Akron press release:
Wilson comes to UA from the University of Wyoming College of Law, where he joined the faculty in 2009. A professor of law, his areas of specialization include international business law, intellectual property law, commercial litigation, international dispute resolution, comparative law and Japanese law. Wilson also has served as associate dean for academic affairs since July 2013, and was the associate dean of student affairs from August 2012 to July 2013.
During his time in Wyoming, Wilson was designated as a distinguished international scholar by Kyung Hee University Law School in Seoul, South Korea. He taught international negotiations, was a guest lecturer for other courses, led symposia and worked with the moot court team.
"I am extremely excited to join The University of Akron family,” says Wilson. “Drawing upon 25 years experience in law, business and academic administration, both here in the United States and in Asia, I look forward to leading the School of Law and contributing to its future success. Akron Law has a rich tradition of educating future lawyers and leaders of society who make valuable contributions to the region, state and country."
The University of Maine School of Law invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Dean, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2015. The Law School seeks a Dean with a successful track record of administrative and fiscal leadership experience and one who possesses the vision, energy, and determination to lead the school. The successful candidate will be an innovative, entrepreneurial, and collaborative leader who can bring diverse stakeholders together to enhance and build on the Law School’s existing strengths.
The University of Maine School of Law has a student body of approximately 275, an intentionally small size allowing for extensive faculty-student contact and fostering a strong sense of community. The Law School provides our students with a rigorous and innovative curriculum that blends traditional theory with diverse opportunities for experiential learning. Students work closely with a talented, collegial faculty that is engaged locally and nationally in both public service and high-level scholarship. The Law School is located in Portland, Maine, a city that consistently ranks at or near the top of national lists that evaluate quality of life, and which offers all the cultural and entertainment amenities of any metropolitan area but on a livable scale.
To review the full position description and information about the application process, please visit: http://mainelaw.maine.edu/dean-search/