Shirley Mays hired as dean of Phoenix Law

The Phoenix School of Law has appointed Shirley Mays as dean. Dean Mays began her position in August 2010.

Dean Mays comes to the position after a long line of success in other positions. She received her JD from Harvard Law School and served as a Law Clerk for the Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. Mays then went on to Capital University Law School in Columbus, OH where she was a professor since 1991 and spent five years as associate dean of Academic Affairs.

“Dean Mays’ professional experience and personal qualities are well-suited to the school’s next stage of development, which will establish a superior value proposition in legal education by delivering outstanding student outcomes,” said Rick Inatome, chief executive officer of InfiLaw- Phoenix School of Law’s parent company. “We look forward to her role in defining our future.

During her time at Capital, their bar pass rate rose to the first in the state. Part of the reason that Mays chose Phoenix as the next step in her career is because their have the highest bar exam pass rates in Arizona, at 83 percent- 10 percent above the state average.

“The law school’s strong commitment to successful student outcomes and results along with an understanding of diversity attracted me to the school. Throughout my interview process I have been favorably impressed with the thoughtfulness, passion and creativity of the staff and students at Phoenix School of Law,” said Dean Mays.

Phoenix School of Law received full accreditation from the American Bar Association on June 11, 2010, and is one of only three fully accredited law school in Arizona, as well as the only law school not affiliated with a university.