Stetson Press Release:


Darby Dickerson selected Dean
Of Stetson University College of Law

Darby Dickerson, Vice President and Dean
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DeLand, Fla. - Darby Dickerson has been named the new Vice President and Dean of the Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport/St. Petersburg. Dean Dickerson has served as Interim Dean of the College of Law since May 2003, after then-Dean Gary Vause announced his retirement.

“We considered some of the best legal education professionals in the country, and Dean Dickerson is clearly the best choice to continue leading the Stetson University College of Law,” said Stetson University President H. Douglas Lee. “She has earned the respect and confidence of the faculty and administration at the Law School and Stetson’s main campus in DeLand, as well as with the Board of Trustees and the Law Board of Overseers.”

“I am honored and thrilled to be selected Dean,” Dickerson said. “The Stetson University College of Law is an extraordinary educational institution, and I look forward to leading the school to even greater heights. The College of Law has outstanding students, faculty and staff, and I know that we will be a great team in propelling the school forward.”

A 12-member Dean Search Committee, comprised of representatives from the faculty, alumni, staff, Law Board of Overseers and the Student Bar Association, was formed in July 2003. Three finalists were selected in January and brought to campus to meet and present their vision of the future of Stetson Law to faculty, staff and students. The Search Committee made its recommendations to President Lee in early February with strong support for Darby Dickerson to be named Vice President and Dean of the Stetson University College of Law. President Lee concurred and gained approval of the Stetson University Board of Trustees.

About Dean Darby Dickerson:

Darby Dickerson joined the Stetson faculty in August 1995. She became associate dean in January 2000, received tenure in August 2000 and her full professorship in August 2001. She has served as the director of legal research and writing since spring 1996. She was promoted to vice dean in August 2002 where she served until being named Interim Dean in May 2003. Dean Dickerson received her B.A. and M.A. from The College of William and Mary, and earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School, where she served as senior managing editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and as a member of the Moot Court Board.

Before joining Stetson's faculty, she clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and worked as an associate at Locke Purnell Rain Harrell, a firm in Dallas. In 1995, she was selected as the Outstanding Young Lawyer in Dallas. Dean Dickerson teaches research and writing and federal pretrial practice. She writes in the areas of legal writing and citation, and litigation ethics, and is the author of the ALWD Citation Manual, which has been adopted by professors at approximately 100 law schools.

In 1997, Dean Dickerson received Stetson University's Teaching Excellence Award; in 1998 and again in 2000, she received the University's Homer and Dolly Hand Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship. In addition to her work at Stetson, she is President-Elect of the Ferguson-White Inn of Court in Tampa and a director of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross.




Founded in 1883 in DeLand, Fla., Stetson University is a comprehensive university of four colleges and schools. The main campus is in DeLand and includes a College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration and School of Music. The College of Law in St. Petersburg/Gulfport is Florida’s first law school. It has educated lawyers for more than a century, and offers continuing legal education programs for regional, national and international audiences. Stetson is ranked first in Trial Advocacy in the 2004 U.S. News & World Report rankings of law schools, and is the headquarters for the National Conference of Law Reviews. The Stetson University Tampa Law Center and Campus opened its doors in January 2004.