Law School News Round Up: Deans Coming, Deans Going

Michael M. Martin, William Treanor in International Business Times, October 05, 2010

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  • Long-time faculty member Michael M. Martin is serving as the interim dean at Fordham Law School, replacing William Treanor, now the executive vice president and dean of the Georgetown University Law Center. Fordham is conducting a national search for the dean's position.
  • David Getches will step down as dean of University of Colorado School of Law in June and will resume teaching. During his deanship, Getches helped raise $28.5 million and increase the school's endowment by 80%. He also lead the law school into its new state-of-the-art building, funded entirely by student fees and donations.
  •  University of Wisconsin Law School Dean Kenneth Davis Jr. is retiring at the end of the academic year. The second-longest serving dean in the school's history, Davis began in his position in 1997, when the law school was ranked No. 38 by U.S. News & World Report-it is now ranked No. 28. Davis's initiative Preeminent and Public strived to advance the stature and influence of the law school.
  • Dean of the Northwestern Law School, David E. Van Zandt, will be the next president of the New School. Van Zandt has served as dean at Northwestern since 1995 and transformed certain admissions and curriculum policies, such as requiring most law school applicants to be interviewed. Van Zandt also created a three-year J.D./M.B.A degree in conjunction with the Kellogg School of Management.
  • Other deans stepping down include University of Richmond School of Law Dean John Douglass, University of Arkansas School of Law Dean Cynthia Nance, and University of New Hampshire School of Law Dean John Hutson.