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Published: Monday, June 22, 2009
University President Richard Levin announced Monday the appointment of Robert Post LAW ’77 as the 16th dean of Yale Law School.
Post, a scholar of constitutional law, including the First Amendment, equal protection and legal history, will take office July 1. He succeeds Harold Hongju Koh, whose nomination for the position of legal adviser to the Department of State is under consideration by the Senate.
“As a leading scholar and a respected citizen of the legal profession, he is ideally positioned to move the Yale Law School forward,” Levin wrote of Post in an e-mail message to the Law School community this morning. “He is greatly admired by his colleagues for his wisdom and judgment, and his commitment to sustaining the excellence of the Law School is unwavering.
Post, 61, joined the Law School faculty in 2003 after teaching for 20 years at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
"I am humbled and honored to be asked to serve as dean of Yale Law School, a community that I loved as a student and that I have loved even more as a faculty member," Post said in a statement. "I am eager to work with our faculty, staff, students, and alumni to deepen Yale Law School's commitment to scholarly excellence, outstanding education, and the achievement of professional and public ideals."
Both Koh and law professor Kate Stith, who has served as acting dean since President Barack Obama announced Koh’s nomination in March, praised Post in statements released Monday.
"Robert Post is a gifted teacher, a hugely insightful scholar of First Amendment law and a leading thinker about constitutionalism at home and abroad in the 21st century,” Koh said. “He loves Yale Law School and is deeply committed to its unique values. He will make a superb dean."
Added Stith: "The appointment of Robert Post to be dean is wonderful news for the entire Law School family. He is dedicated to world-class scholarship, to excellence in public and private service, and to sustaining our special community."
Post received his bachelor’s degree at Harvard before attending the Law School. From 1977 to 1978, he was a law clerk to Chief Judge David L. Bazelon of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and the next year he served as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. In 1980, Post received a doctorate in the history of American civilization from Harvard.