25 Finalists Named to Most Influential in Legal Education


The National Jurist has named 24 legal educators and one legal education public policy advocate to its 2012 list of the most influential people in legal education.

The magazine requested nominations from every law school in the nation, and received more than 85. It’s editorial team narrowed the list down to 50 and then asked 350 people in legal education, including, every law school dean, to rate each nominee based on how much they influenced them in the past 12 months.

The final list includes law school deans and professors, with one exception — Kyle McEntee, co-founder of Law School Transparency, a non-profit organization.

Other honorees include some of the more controversial figures in legal education, including Paul Campos and Brian Tamanaha.

“It was surprising to see both the agitators and the establishment on the list,” said Jack Crittenden, Editor in Chief of the National Jurist. “The list is a who’s who of the people who have shaped the discussion over the past year, which has been a challenging and pivotal year. While some have shaped discussion through traditional means, others have stirred the pot more. But even though there has been much criticism about their means, it is clear that those who spoke up about legal education were heard.”

The finalists will be published in order or influence in the January issue of National Jurist, due on stands at the start of January. To receive this issue digitally click here and sign up for either the digital or iPad version.

Here is the list in alphabetical order:
Catherine Carpenter, Professor, Southwestern Law School
Paul Campos, Professor, University of Colorado Law School
Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, University of California Irvine School of Law
Jim Chen, Professor, University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law
Hiram Chodosh, Dean, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
The Faculty of Washington and Lee School of Law
Bryant Garth, Dean Emeritus and Professor, Southwestern Law School
John Garvey, Professor, University of New Hampshire School of Law
Claudio Grossman, Dean, American University Washington College of Law
Phoebe Haddon,  Dean, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
William Henderson, Professor, Indiana University Maurer School of Law – Bloomington
Kevin Johnson, Dean, University of California Davis School of Law
David Levi, Dean, Duke University School of Law
Lizabeth Moody, Professor and Dean Emeritus, Stetson University College of Law
Jerry Organ, Professor, University of St. Thomas School of Law - Minneapolis
John O'Brien, Dean, New England Law Boston
Sophie Sparrow, Professor, University of New Hampshire School of Law
Richard Sander, Professor, University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
Brian Tamanaha, Professor, Washington University School of Law
William Treanor, Dean and Executive VP, Georgetown University Law Center
Kyle McEntee, Co-founder, Law School Transparency
Blake Morant, Dean, Wake Forest University School of Law
Patricia White, Dean, University of Miami School of Law
Philip Weiser, Dean, University of Colorado Law School
Frank H. Wu, Chancellor & Dean, University of California, Hastings College of the Law