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U.C. Hastings Appoints New Dean

Hastings Press Release


Jack Smith, Chair of the Board of Directors of University of California Hastings College of the Law, announced the appointment of Nell Jessup Newton as the new Chancellor and Dean of the law school. The new appointment takes effect on August 1, 2006, at which time Mary Kay Kane will step down after 13 years as Chancellor and Dean.

A respected legal scholar in the field of American Indian Law and the editor-in-chief of Felix S. Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law (2005 edition), Nell Jessup Newton has been Dean and Professor of Law at University of Connecticut School of Law since 2000. Before joining the University of Connecticut, she served as Dean and Professor at University of Denver College of Law (1998-2000) and Professor at American University, Washington College of Law in Washington D.C. (1992-98).

Dean Newton has strong ties to UC Hastings. After graduating from University of California at Berkeley in 1973, she attended UC Hastings College of the Law and graduated (Order of the Coif) in 1976. She returned to Hastings as a Visiting Professor for the school year 1994-95.

"I am honored and delighted to be asked to come home to my alma mater," says Dean Newton. "Under the leadership of Dean Mary Kay Kane the law school has made great strides. I am excited about the opportunity to lead Hastings as it secures its place as one of the best law schools in the country."

Distinguished Professor of Law Mary Kay Kane, who has served as Hastings' Chancellor and Dean since 1993, will step down in the summer of 2006 and return to the full-time faculty at Hastings. About the new appointment, she says, "I am very excited about being able to welcome Nell as my successor. Dean Newton is an extremely talented administrator and a top scholar in her field. She really knows and loves the law school. Under her leadership, I am sure the College is poised to do great things."

The appointment follows a six-month nationwide search in which many highly qualified candidates were considered.