Associate Deans William Aceves and Laura Padilla were elected to the nation’s leading independent organization producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize and improve the 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.
Wake Forest University School of Law Dean Blake D. Morant has been named recipient of the John R. Kramer Outstanding Law School Dean Award from Equal Justice Works. The prestigious award is given annually to a law school dean who has demonstrated leadership in building an institution that nurtures a spirit of public service during his tenure at an Equal Justice Works participating member law school.
The two new full-time faculty members joined Northern Illinois College of Law this fall with expertise in the areas of intellectual property, entertainment law, contracts, and international business law to further develop the law school’s curriculum in these areas.
Assistant Professor Yolanda King and Christopher Hines will not only expand the curriculum in new cutting-edge areas of law, but will add richness in every respect, said Dean Jennifer Rosato.
“They are accomplished, ambitious and devoted to the law school’s mission,” she said.
Professor Luz Herrera of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law has been appointed to the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act Implementation Committee.
Rachel M. Janutis has been named interim associate dean for Capital University Law School. She fills the position formerly held by Shirley Mays, who accepted the deanship position at Phoenix School of Law in Arizona.
Janutis joined Capital Law School in 2002 and has taught courses on Civil Procedure, Remedies, Complex Litigation and Conflict of Laws.
Washington and Lee School of Law Dean Mark Grunewald announced the appointment of Caroline L. Osborne as Director of the Law Library and Professor of Legal Research. Osborne has served as interim director of the library for the last year.
One of the most critical positions in any law school, the library director at W&L oversees an operations and information budget of over 1 million dollars and supervises a staff of 13.
Gowri Ramachandran was granted tenure and promoted to Professor of Law.
“Professor Ramachandran excels in teaching, service, and scholarship," Southwestern Dean Bryant Garth said. "We are very fortunate to have her on our faculty."
This appointment also acknowledges Ramachandran’s individual attention given to students, writing and service to Southwestern as well as the profession. She was also named as the Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor of Law for the 2010-2011 academic year.
University of Wisconsin Law School Dean Kenneth B. Davis Jr. will step down in September 2011 and return to the faculty.
Davis came to the Law School in 1978 and has been dean of the school since December 1997, making him the school's second longest-serving dean in its 142-year history.
University of Colorado School of Law Dean David Getches will retire in June 2011, he announced last week. He plans to return to teaching.
Getches joined the faculty in 1979 and has been dean since 2003. He told The National Law Journal that he wanted to step down before he tired of the job.
“I still like the job very much, but in terms of the institution, it’s an excellent time to look for a new dean,” Getches told the Journal.