New deans join Louisville, Ole Miss, UNH and Cleveland-Marshall law schools

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Law school leadership continues to evolve in 2017 as more schools announce new deans this month.

Among the many law schools under new leadership, the University of Lousiville Brandeis School of Law, University of Mississippi School of Law, University of New Hampshire School of Law and Celeveland-Marshall College of Law will welcome new deans to thier campuses this year. 

Collin Crawford, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law

After a five-year search, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law announced Collin Crawford will assume the deanship on January 1, 2018, pending approval of the school’s board of trustees. The permanent dean position has remained open since former dean Jim Chen resigned in 2012.

Crawford is the current Robert C. Cudd Professor of Environmental Law at Tulane University Law School. Additionally, Crawford directs Tulane’s International Development Studies in the School of Liberal Arts and the Payson Graduate Program in Global Development in the law school.

“I am honored and delighted to be able to join the University of Louisville community as the next dean of the Brandeis School of Law,” Crawford said.  “Louisville and Brandeis have long and impressive traditions, and I look forward to building upon the solid foundation laid by my predecessors.”

Prior to joining the Tulane law school faculty in 2010, Crawford taught at Georgia State University College of Law where he founded and co-directed the law school’s Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth.

As an expert in international development and law, Crawford has lectured and written worldwide on environmental and urban issues. He was previously a Fulbright scholar at the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In addition, he served as a visiting professor at the University of the Andes in Bogotá, Colombia and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, among others.

Crawford earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s and master’s degree from University of Cambridge. He received his law degree from Harvard University.

Susan Duncan, University of Mississippi School of Law

The current acting dean of the Brandeis School of Law, Susan Duncan, will join the University of Mississippi School of Law as dean on August 1.

Duncan served as the interim dean for the Brandeis School of Law from 2012 to 2017, and has been a member of the law school’s faculty since 1997.  Despite a positive recommendation from the law school’s search committee, Duncan was removed from consideration for the permanent dean position earlier this year.

Among many professional distinctions, the Kentucky Bar Association presented Duncan with the 2016 President’s Special Service Award. In 2014, the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law Alumni Council presented her with the Distinguished Alumni Award, and Business First named Duncan as one of the top 20 people to know in the field of education.

“We are extremely pleased to have such an accomplished scholar and practitioner to lead the law school,” UM Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter said. “Ms. Duncan is well-respected by students and faculty alike and has a proven track record of successful leadership, particularly in the area of fundraising. She will be instrumental in guiding our law school to higher rankings and a greater role in Mississippi.”

Duncan holds a law degree from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She has lectured internationally and authored dozens of publications on a variety of legal topics.

Megan Carpenter, University of New Hampshire School of Law

Megan Carpenter will be joining the University of New Hampshire School of Law on July 1, becoming the law school’s first female dean since its founding in 1973.  

Carpenter is the founder and co-director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property at Texas A&M University School of Law and serves as the chair of the Academic Committee on the International Trademark Association. Prior to her career in higher education, Carpenter worked at what is now K&L Gates representing clients in the tech, media, and sports and entertainment industries.

“Dean Carpenter brings a wealth of experience that will help UNH Law continue to grow on the national stage,” said UNH Provost Nancy Targett. “Her work creating innovative academic programs, including experiential learning initiatives, certificate programs and interdisciplinary projects with colleges throughout the Texas A&M University System will open new directions for UNH Law. Her expertise, energy and enthusiasm will invigorate our faculty and staff, and ensure we are continuing to provide the best possible law education and experience for our students.”

Carpenter earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from West Virginia University, a law degree from West Virginia University College of Law and a LL.M. from the National University of Galway. 

Lee Fisher, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Lee Fisher was named dean of Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law after serving as the law school’s interim dean since June 2016. Under his leadership, the law school has taken steps to improve career readiness for its graduates and enhance the law school’s academic reputation.

“Lee has been a significant asset to CSU and will continue to assist in expanding our academic reputation and promoting educational excellence,” noted Jianping Zhu, CSU provost and vice president of academic affairs.

Prior to joining the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law staff, Fisher served as Attorney General of Ohio from 1991 to 1995, and as Lieutenant Governor of Ohio from 2007 until 2011. Fisher also served eight years as an Ohio State Senator and two years as an Ohio State Representative.

In addition to public service, Fisher spent decades in private practice, working as of counsel for Hahn, Loeser & Parks from 1978 until 1990 and later as a partner from 1995 to 1999.

Most recently, Fisher was president and CEO of CEOs for Cities, a global nonprofit network of urban leaders, and a senior fellow at the Center for Economic Development at CSU’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. 

“I have truly enjoyed leading CM LAW for the last year and am extraordinarily honored to be selected as permanent dean,” Fisher said. “I look forward to continuing to work with our tremendous faculty and staff to enhance educational experiences for our students and best prepare them to enter the legal workforce.”

Fisher received a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, a Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a Master of Nonprofit Organizations from Case Western Reserve University. 

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