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UM School of Law
names first black dean

By Liz F. Kay
Baltimore Sun

10:00 AM EDT, March 30, 2009

The University of Maryland School of Law has appointed a Temple University legal education leader and constitutional and tort law expert to serve as its next dean, school officials announced Monday.

Phoebe Haddon will be the school's first black dean and the first black female dean to lead a top-tier law school, according to law school spokesman Ed Fishel.

She replaces Dean Karen H. Rothenberg, who is returning to the faculty after a decade in that position.

Haddon, who holds degrees from Yale Law School and Smith College, graduated from Duquesne University School of Law, where she was editor in chief of the Duquesne Law Review.

Haddon holds or has held positions in several legal education organizations, including the Council of the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, the Society of American Law Teachers and the Association of American Law Schools.