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.