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Decanal Finalists at Minnesota:

For the past six months, I've been serving on the University of Minnesota Law School's dean search committee. We've now announced the five finalists for dean. In alphabetical order, they are:

Nora Demleitner, Interim Dean and Professor of Law, Hofstra Law School

Gregory Hicks, Interim Dean and Professor of Law, University of Washington Law School

Edward Larson, Professor of Law, Pepperdine Law School

Leon Trakman, Immediate Past Dean and Professor of Law, University of New South Wales

David Wippman, Vice Provost for International Relations and Professor of Law, Cornell University

It's an outstanding group of scholars and law school leaders. We hope to have a decision made by the end of the year, and have the new dean ready to start on July 1, 2008.

UPDATE: The law school has an announcement of the finalists, with more details, here.

Pon Raul:
Dale,

Why isn't your name on that list?
11.6.2007 5:38pm
UW2L:
Dean Hicks is a competent dean, effective prof, and an all-around nice guy. He would make a great asset to Minnesota, but it'd be a shame for us to lose him.
11.6.2007 6:00pm
ruleswatch (mail):
Leon Trakman is a thoughtful, personable, insightful disciplined academic who you should snatch up without another thoought
11.7.2007 7:44am
CJColucci:
Why does any academic with some productivity left want to be a dean anyway?
11.7.2007 12:19pm
Dilan Esper (mail) (www):
Just remember, after you hire the dean, to give in to conservative interest group pressure and fire him or her, and then rehire the dean after considerable public embarassment a couple of weeks later.
11.7.2007 7:51pm
Steve2:
Dilan, given that the Minnesota law school's in a building named for Walter Mondale and across the street (well, highway and soon-to-be light rail station, but there's a bridge and some tunnels) from the U's Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, I'm gonna guess that conservative interest groups gave up on them already.
11.7.2007 8:39pm