New deans at Texas, Touro, Brooklyn, Cal Western and Emory

With the new fiscal year less than two months away, it is the season for law schools to appoint new deans. Five new deans were recently announced, with more expected. Here is the recap:

Texas hires Farnsworth
The University of Texas has hired Ward Farnsworth to take over as the school’s new dean on June 1. Farnsworth was previously the associate dean for academic affairs at Boston University School of Law, where he joined the faculty in 1997.
He replaces Larry Sager, who resigned in early December amid controversy over bonuses paid to new faculty.

“As a teacher, a scholar and a leader, Ward Farnsworth is just what UT Law needs," said President Bill Powers. "I’m confident he’ll not only continue the tradition of first-class legal education and service to society at The University of Texas, but take the law school to even greater heights.”

Farnsworth teaches civil procedure, torts, contracts and rhetoric. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University in 1989 and a law degree from the University of Chicago in 1994. He worked as a law clerk to Richard A. Posner, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and to Anthony M. Kennedy, associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. In 1996 he served as a legal adviser to the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague.

Touro hires Salkin
Touro College has hired Patricia E. Salkin as the new dean of the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. Salkin is currently the Associate Dean and Director of the Government Law Center of Albany Law School, where she is an expert in land use planning and government ethics. She received her B.A. from University of Albany and her J.D. from Albany Law School. She previously worked for the State of New York, and has been at the law school for 22 years.

Salkin replaces Lawrence Raful, who announced his return to full-time faculty last July. Salkin is the fifth dean appointed at Touro Law, and is the first female dean in the school’s history. Salkin will begin her tenure as dean on August 1.

Salkin is the author of numerous casebooks, treatises, books and more than 100 articles, columns, studies and reports on topics including municipal law, sustainable development law, climate change, affordable housing, and aging law.

Brooklyn hires Allard
Brooklyn Law School has hired Nicholas W. Allard as the school’s eighth dean. Allard, who takes over on July 1, is and attorney and chair of the Lobbying, Political, and Election law practice at Patton Boggs LLP. He counsels clients in the fields of telecommunications, information technology, health, energy, environmental law, and higher education.

He is a graduate of Princeton University, Oxford University (where he was a Rhodes Scholar), and Yale Law School. He began his legal career as a law clerk for then Chief U.S. District Judge Robert F. Peckham in San Francisco and for U.S. Circuit Judge Patricia M. Wald in Washington, D.C. After three years in private practice, he became minority staff counsel to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where he served as legal counsel to Senator Edward Kennedy. He then served as chief of staff to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Prior to joining Patton Boggs, he was a partner at Latham & Watkins for over a decade, and chaired that firm’s Government Relations Group.

Allard has written on a broad range of issues, including Internet law, new media, and privacy. He has taught as an adjunct professor at George Mason University Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, and the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.

California Western hires Schaumann
California Western School of Law has hired Niels B. Schaumann as president and dean to start on August 1. Schaumann is currently Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Faculty at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn.

Schaumann graduated cum laude from Fordham Law School in 1984, where he was the Managing Editor of the Fordham Law Review. After law school, he was a law clerk to Judge Lawrence W. Pierce of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and practiced law for more than four years with the New York law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, specializing in corporate matters including securities, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged leasing, and capital markets.

He has been a professor at William Mitchell College of Law since 1989, and Vice Dean for Faculty since 2007. He is an expert in copyright law and federal securities regulation.

Emory appoints Schapiro as dean
Robert A. Schapiro, a leading constitutional law scholar and former clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, has been appointed dean and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Emory University School of Law, effective May 3, 2012.
A member of the Emory Law faculty since 1995, Schapiro has served as interim dean during the past academic year and previously served as associate vice provost for academic affairs of Emory University and co-director of Emory Law's Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance. An expert on federalism and state constitutional law, Schapiro teaches courses in constitutional law, federal courts, civil procedure, and legislation and regulation. He is the recipient of numerous teaching and scholarly awards, including the Emory Williams Teaching Award and Ben F. Johnson Faculty Excellence Award.

Campbell appoints interim dean
B. Keith Faulkner has been named the interim dean for Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law. Faulkner replaces Melissa Essary, who has served as dean since 2006. Essary will join the faculty of the law school upon leaving the dean’s office. Faulkner will begin serving in his new role as of July 1.

Faulkner, who currently serves as the Vice Dean for Administration and External Relations for the law school, has also held the positions of Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Administration and Associate Dean for External Relations at the law school since his arrival in 2004.

A graduate of Campbell’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Faulkner’s professional background includes private law practice as a litigation associate in one of North Carolina's largest law firms, partnership in a private practice, eight years of service in the United States Navy as a submariner, nuclear power plant operator, and instructor in the Nuclear Power Training Pipeline.

Faulkner teaches courses at the law school on topics including Law Practice Management, Start Your Own Law Firm, Pre-trial Litigation, and also serves as a Visiting Professor in Campbell University's Lundy-Fetterman School of Business where he teaches classes on business ethics and regulation of business. He was instrumental in assisting Dean Essary with the transition of the law school from Buies Creek to its new location in Raleigh in 2009.