Temple Law announced today that interim dean Greg Mandel will be the law school's new permanent dean. Mandel, who holds a JD from Stanford, joined the law school in 2007 and served as associate dean for research for seven years before taking over from now-provost JoAnne Epps.
Dean Robert Schapiro, who has led Emory University School of Law, will step down this summer. Schapiro began serving as interim dean in 2011 and became the permanent dean the following year. The school will conduct its search for a new dean during the coming academic year.
Last week, Charlotte School of Law had a pretty good week. Dean Jay Conison was fired and returned to the faculty, but since he wasn't assigned any classes this semester, he has no actual responsibilities. He reportedly was wandering the halls asking other faculty members if they had anything for him to do. Dean Conison was replaced by faculty member Scott Broyles. Dean Broyles announced that students who had received federal loans for the 2016-2017 school year would have their spring loans disbursed to them. And the ABA announced that it was not going to evaluate Charlotte's teach-out plan since the school had not determined that it was actually planning to close.
But this week brings more bad news. Charlotte was just informed by the North Carolina Board of Bar Examiners of the results on the February 2017 bar, and they were not pretty. Charlotte's first-time pass rate was an abysmal 25%. (18 of 72) For those counting on repeat takers to bring Charlotte's pathetic bar pass rates within striking distance of the ABA Standard, the February results don't look very promising. Charlotte's pass rate for repeat takers was a mere 18.1%. (17 of 94) The overall rates in NC for February, significantly lowered by Charlotte's performance, were 44.4% for first time takers and 31.7% for repeaters. Not including Charlotte, the state wide rate was 52.6% for first-timers (90/171) and 36.3% for repeaters (102/281). In other words, Charlotte dragged down the state wide passage rates 8.2% and 4.7% , respectively, but still managed to be more than 15% below the state average, as they have now been for the last four administrations of the exam (the two before that they were only 14% below the state average).
Last month it was reported that Charlotte was essentially paying its students to defer taking the July bar. In fact, in an audio recording leaked to the local public radio station, the Assistant Dean for Academic Success Odessa All could be heard explaining to other faculty members that if the school hadn't paid students to not take a previous bar exam, the school's bar pass rate on that exam would have been in the 20s. Apparently, she knew what she was talking about.
Although the July bar pass rate is typically much higher than the February bar pass rate, there is little reason to be optimistic about Charlotte's prospects for the July 2017 bar. The current class, enrolled in 2013 and 2014, is among the weakest classes in American law school history by entrance credentials, and has been further weakened by academic transfers from the top of the class. With the exodus of many of Charlotte's top students this semester after the double whammy of being placed on probation and losing federal funds in the fall, it is hard to envision how Charlotte's remaining students will pass at much more than a 30% rate, if that. And Charlotte has also lost, or will likely lose this summer, its strongest 1Ls and 2Ls, making it unlikely that it will every get near a 75% ultimate bar pass rate for the foreseeable future. Charlotte's only hope seems to be converting to non-profit status and affiliating with a University. Reportedly they are in talks with an an unnamed university in the Northeast. I'm not sure why any self-respecting university would want to affiliate with a law school with Charlotte's reputation, but perhaps Sterling Partners has made them an offer they can't refuse, as discussed in this recent ABA Journal article.
Full Disclosure - Regular readers will recall that I was representing a faculty member in a wrongful termination dispute with Charlotte School of Law. I am pleased to report that that dispute was settled amicably. However, I have been contacted by another faculty member about representation of a similar nature and will likely be taking on that individual as a client.
UPDATED: See the second paragraph for additional stats on the Feb NC Bar exam
The University at Buffalo School of Law has announced that Aviva Abramovsky, associate dean for international initiatives at Syracuse Law, has been named its new dean. Abramovsky, who holds a JD from Penn Law, will take over this summer.
The University of Mississippi School of Law has named Susan Duncan as its new Dean. Duncan has served as Interim Dean at Louisville Law since 2012. She holds a JD from Louisville. This is a nice hire for Ole Miss!
Mercer University School of Law has announced that Cathy Cox will take over as Dean this summer. Cox is currently the President of Young Harris College. She was previously the Secretary of State of Georgia. Cox holds a JD from Mercer.
Thomas Jefferson University School of Law has announced that Professor Joan Bullock of Florida A&M Law will be its new Dean. Bullock is an inaugural member of the FAMU Law faculty, and has served there as both Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Dean of Teaching and Faculty Development. She holds a JD from the University of Toledo.
The University of Houston Law Center's Associate Dean, Marcilynn Burke, has just been appointed dean of the University of Oregon Law School. She will commence her tenure as dean on July 1. Congratulations, Marcilynn!!
Interim Dean Michael Kaufman, of Loyola-Chicago Law, has been named the school's new Dean. Kaufman has been a member of the Loyola faculty since 1986 and served as the School of Law’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2005 until July 2016 when he assumed the role of Interim Dean. His appointment is effective immediately. Kaufman holds a JD from Michigan Law.
Dean Steven Kaminshine is stepping down as Dean of Georgia State Law. He took over in 2004 - so it's been a significant run for him. Associate Dean Wendy Hensel will serve as Interim Dean during the 2017-18 academic year as the school conducts a national search.
The University of New Hampshire School of Law has named Texas A&M Professor Megan Carpenter as its new Dean. Carpenter, who holds a JD from West Virginia University, is the founder and co-director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property at Texas A&M. She starts this summer.
Pepperdine University School of Law has announced that Associate Dean Paul Caron will be its new dean, effective this June. Paul is well known for his TaxProf Blog, as well as for being the owner of the Law Professor Blogs Network. He holds a JD from Cornell.
Texas Tech University (Texas Tech) invites nominations and applications for the Dean of the School of Law & W. Frank Newton Professor of Law search. The Dean will serve as a strong advocate on behalf of the School to internal and external university stakeholders in addition to representing the School of Law and Texas Tech University on the national and international stage.
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Qualifications and Characteristics Candidates for the Dean of the School of Law at Texas Tech University must possess the following qualifications and experience: • A Juris Doctor (J.D.) or other terminal degree in law, and at least ten years of experience in the teaching and/or practice of law; • Substantial credentials appropriate for an endowed, tenured appointment at the rank of professor; • Demonstrated strategic, ethical, and effective leadership skills; a proven track-record as an innovator and an effective communicator with a high level of integrity and emotional intelligence; • Experience with national and international issues affecting legal and graduate education; • Experience in fundraising or the interest and potential in partnering with university advancement officers to secure external gifts, grants, and funding to support law school programs; • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate effectively within the University, the School of Law, and the larger legal community; the ability to motivate and inspire faculty; and a commitment to shared governance. • A demonstrated commitment to diversity.
Application Process The Search Committee, chaired by W. Brent Lindquist, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at the Texas Tech University, will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until April 7, 2017. Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae and a letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Submission of materials via e-mail is required. Nomination letters should include the name, position, and contact information of the nominee. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence.
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Dean Emeritus John DiPippa of UA - Little Rock Law will take over as Interim Dean after Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz departs this summer. The law school will conduct a full search next year for a permanent replacement.