Professor James Gardner of SUNY Buffalo School of Law has been named interim dean of the law school, succeeding Makau Mutua. He takes over at the end of the month. Gardner served as vice-dean from 2005-12.
I was traveling last month and managed to miss this dean news nugget. St. Johns Law Professor Paul Kirgis was named the new dean of the University of Montana School of Law. Kirgis, a Washington & Lee Law graduate, will take over this July. Kirgis is the son of Rick Kirgis, who served as dean of W&L Law from 1983-1988. Decanal royalty!
Our friends at Wake Forest tell us that things have been humming along in Winston-Salem since last we posted that the school had formed a committee to lead its search for a new law dean:
Wake Forest now invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Law. A genuine sense of collegiality and community defines the culture, and is one of the most salient features of the school. As its next dean, Wake Law seeks an experienced, kind, and imaginative leader with strong connections to legal academia and practice, to work collaboratively with all constituencies of the school, as well as across the wider university. Excellence is the hallmark of the Wake Law experience. The dean must be passionate about the importance of teaching, scholarship, and contribution to practice. She/he will need to be empowering and supportive of faculty in their commitment to excel in all of these realms. Whether or not the dean has spent her/his career in a law school, it will be crucial that she/he truly value academic excellence and the contributions of faculty, and have a personal record of professional achievement that engenders respect. Here is the website for information and a prospectus.
Professor Melanie Wilson, the associate dean ofacademic affairs at Kansas Law, has been named the new dean of the University of Tennessee School of Law. She will take over next summer. Wilson holds a JD from the University of Georgia.
Indiana Tech School of Law has named Charles Cercone, currently the associate dean of faculty at Thomas Cooley Law, as its new dean. Cercone, who will take over in January, holds a JD from SUNY Buffalo Law.
The University of North Carolina just posted an announcement for our dean search. It is as follows:
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites nominations and applications for the Dean of the School of Law. The Dean reports to the Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost and is a senior level administrator.
Long recognized as one of the top public law schools in the country, the School of Law has enjoyed strong academic leadership and sustained excellence in the quality of its students, faculty and staff. The School has sixty full-time faculty whose scholarship and teaching reflect their richly varied backgrounds and interests. The Law School also enjoys a diverse student body of approximately 700 students from across the United States as well as internationally. More information about the Law School may be found at www.law.unc.edu.
The ideal candidate will be a collaborative leader with a distinguished record of academic achievement and outstanding professional accomplishment. Successful applicants will have a vision of the importance of public legal education, a deep appreciation for the legal profession and for legal scholarship, excellent fundraising skills, the capacity for administrative and intellectual leadership, a track record of consensus building, and demonstrated excellent communication skills. A J.D. degree is required. The Dean serves at the pleasure of the Chancellor with a five year review.
Now in its third century, UNC Chapel Hill was the first public university in America to open its doors, and is one of the select group of institutions forming the Association of American Universities. With more than 29,000 students, UNC Chapel Hill's academic offerings span more than 100 fields, including bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and professional degrees. In addition to the excellent School of Law, the University has a renowned College of Arts and Sciences and nationally recognized schools of business, dentistry, education, government, information and library science, journalism and mass communication, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and social work.
Inquiries, nominations, and expressions of interest may be sent to Lucy A. Leske, Jean A. Dowdall Ph.D., and Werner Boel, the Witt/Kieffer consultants assisting the Law School with this search, at UNCLawDean@wittkieffer.com. Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged. A complete application will include a letter of interest, a current curriculum vitae, and contact information for five professional references. Review of applications will begin late in 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated starting date for the new dean is July 1, 2015.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all to apply, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Though these are challenging time for legal education, as I said when we announced the dean search committee last August, this is a very desirable deanship. There are a lot of terrific fundamentals in place in Chapel Hill and at the University and in our community. The students are strong (I believe that going forward the student body will be a lot closer to 600 than 700), the faculty at the law school and across campus are strong, and the law school and our alumni occupy an important place in the state. More information is available at Witt/Kiefer's website.
Earlier today Peter "Bo" Rutledge was named dean at the University of Georiga. Cribbing now from the press release:
Peter B. "Bo" Rutledge, a leading scholar in the fields of international dispute resolution, arbitration and the U.S. Supreme Court, has been named dean of the University of Georgia School of Law following a national search.
Rutledge, the Herman E. Talmadge Chair of Law, has served as the associate dean for faculty development at Georgia Law since 2013. His appointment as dean is effective Jan. 1.
"The School of Law enjoys a reputation as one of the best public law schools in the nation, and we had an extraordinary group of finalists for its deanship," said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten, to whom the deans of UGA's 17 schools and colleges report. "Professor Rutledge emerged as the ideal leader for Georgia Law because of his commitment to promoting excellence in faculty scholarship, which informs the practice of law across the state, nation and world as well as the instruction that students receive."
You can read the rest of the press release here. Congratulations, Bo! And as we say in the SEC, Go Dawgs!
Dean Penelope Andrews has announced that she will be stepping down as Dean and President of Albany Law School at the end of the 2014-2015 year. In the meantime, Professor and Associate Dean Alicia Ouellette has been named as Acting Dean. The press release from Albany is here.
Things at Albany sound ... complicated. See here for prior post on Albany's "financial exigency."
Does it happen at other schools at an interim/acting dean is appointed while the existing dean is still serving out the last year of the dean's term?
Camille Nelson, who became Dean of Suffolk University Law School in 2010, will step down at the end of this school year. Suffolk was in the news recently because University President James McCarthy was replaced unexpectedly and, at the same time, the University offered buyouts to its entire law faculty.
I'm not sure I've ever seen anything like this: press coverage of a law school dean candidate's talk to the law school community. But you can read about Bo Rutledge's presentation at the University of Georgia School of Law here.
Now that Widener seems to be moving forward as two law schools, and given that it is operating under two interim deans, it only makes sense that Widener - Delaware (or whatever name it ultimately adopts) needs a permanent dean. The announcement is here. Delaware is using the same search firm - Academic Search - as Harrisburg.
It appears that the two campuses of Widener Law will be splitting into two separate law schools. Widener-Harrisburg now has an active search for a new dean, aided by the consulting firm Academic Search. The posting is here. Robert Power is co-chair of the search committee joined by, among others, John Dernbach, Juliet Moringiello, Anna Hemingway, and Michael Hussey
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.