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Koh Named Yale Law School Dean

Associated Press

November 4, 2003

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Harold Hongju Koh, a Yale Law School professor and former Clinton administration official, was named dean of the law school Tuesday.

Koh, 48, has taught international law and human rights at Yale since 1985.

He was assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor from 1998 to 2001.

"He is a natural leader who has earned the overwhelming support and confidence of faculty, students, alumni and staff. We all look forward to his stewardship," Yale President Richard Levin said announcing Koh's appointment.

Koh is a graduate of Harvard College, Oxford and Harvard Law School. He was a law clerk for Justice Harry Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court, and had worked at the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Koh's five-year term begins in July. He replaces Dean Anthony Kronman, who is stepping down after 10 years as dean.