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UI to interview law dean hopefuls

By Kristen Schorsch
Iowa City Press-Citizen
January 9, 2004

A search committee looking for a new law school dean at the University of Iowa will interview seven candidates beginning Monday.

If you go
  • What: University of Iowa College of Law dean candidate open forum.
  • When: 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Levitt Auditorium in the Boyd Law Building.
  • Candidate: Jeremy R. Paul.
  • Current position: Thomas F. Gallivan Jr. Professor of Property Law and associate dean of academic affairs at the University of Connecticut Law School.
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University; law degree from Harvard Law School.

The list includes three people with Iowa roots, as well as two with UI degrees.

The 14-member committee received more than 200 applicants and nominations this fall from those seeking to replace N. William Hines, who UI said is the longest serving dean of any U.S. law school. Hines announced his retirement last April and plans to return as a full-time faculty member in the UI law school.

Candidates will interview for three days each from Monday to Feb. 11, said Adrien Wing, committee chairwoman and UI law professor.

Hines' replacement will be "someone who's willing to come behind the legendary dean," Wing said. "He's the dean of all deans."

Committee members are looking for someone who will build on Hines' strengths, who is interested in fund-raising to help cope with a difficult budget, and who fits into Iowa's open and collegial culture, Wing said.

During Hines' 28-year tenure, the number of minority faculty jumped from zero to seven and the number of female faculty increased from two to 18. The law school's faculty doubled to more than 50, and Hines increased the school's endowment from $1 million to $50 million.

While on campus, each candidate will meet with students, staff, faculty members and administrators from the College of Law, as well as alumni, vice provosts, deans of other UI colleges, UI President David Skorton and the public during an open forum, Wing said.

The committee hopes to name three finalists in mid-February and forward their names to Skorton for his final selection. The new dean will assume responsibilities in July.

While Skorton said Thursday he does not have a deadline to choose the law school's next dean, he said he hopes to do it quickly. Skorton did not give a time limit.

Dean candidates
for UI College of Law

  • Candidate: Jeremy R. Paul.
  • Current position: Thomas F. Gallivan Jr. Professor of Property Law and associate dean of academic affairs at the University of Connecticut Law School.
  • Open forum: 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Levitt Auditorium in the Boyd Law Building.

  • Candidate: Christina Brooks Whitman.
  • Current position: Francis A. Allen Collegiate Professor of Law and professor of women’s studies at the University of Michigan Law School.
  • Open forum: Jan. 22, details unavailable.

  • Candidate: Gary J. Simson.
  • Current position: Associate dean for academic affairs at Cornell University Law School.
  • Open forum: Jan. 26, details unavailable.

  • Candidate: Morgan Cloud.
  • Current position: Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory University Law School.
  • Open forum: Jan. 29, details unavailable.

  • Candidate: Alfred Chueh-Chin Yen.
  • Current position: Law professor at Boston College Law School.
  • Open forum: Feb. 2, details unavailable.

  • Candidate: Carolyn C. Jones.
  • Current position: Law professor at the University of Connecticut Law School; currently a visiting professor at Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
  • Open forum: Feb. 5, details unavailable.

  • Candidate: Maureen A. O’Rourke.
  • Current position: Associate dean for academic affairs at Boston University Law School.
  • Open forum: Feb. 10, details unavailable.