Most Influential people in legal education 2013

 
Please rank the following individuals based on how much influence they have had on legal education this past year. These people may have inspired you; given you ideas to improve your school; created innovative solutions or prompted you to think differently.
1. D. Benjamin Barros
Associate Dean Widener Law, Harrisburg, Pa.
Barros' blog posts on the Faculty Lounge questioning the validity of law school graduate employment rates — because they are based on job placement nine-months after graduation — caused something of a stir. After analyzing data, he argued that grads are finding jobs in a greater number than conventional wisdom assumes.
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2. Mary Lu Bilek
Dean, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Bilek presents regularly on issues related to diversity in legal education, the bar examination and developing outcomes and assessments. She implemented an innovative Pipeline to Justice Program while at City University of New York School Law, which provides preparation in analytic reasoning and writing skills and a second chance at law school admission for highly motivated and accomplished law school applicants who seek additional preparation to meet the challenge of a rigorous law school program. In her work as chair of the ABA Section on Legal Education Committee on Diversity and her participation in and in presentations at LSAC conferences, law school symposia, and on Bar Association panels, she was able to leverage her experience to foster change and improvement in legal education.

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3. Doug Blaze
Dean, University of Tennessee College of Law
As dean, Blaze established the first full-time position in any of Tennessee's six law schools that works specifically with faculty, staff and students to address access to justice needs. Since filling the position one year ago, the College of Law has seen a 12 percent increase in the number of students participating in pro bono work and a 68 percent increase in the number of pro bono hours reported by its students.


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4. Jean Boylan
Associate Dean, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
As associate dean for Clinical Programs and Experiential Learning, Jean Boylan has overseen a significant expansion of Loyola’s practical-training offerings. Boylan oversaw the addition of several clinics in 2012-13, including the Home Base Immigration Clinic, the Consumer-Debt Options Counseling Clinic and the Employment Rights Clinic.
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5. Catherine Carpenter
Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School
Carpenter has served in several leadership posts within the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association (ABA). She is the recent past chair of the Section's Accreditation Committee. Last year, she became a member of the American Law Institute. Carpenter is an expert and leader in the evolution of legal education curricular and spearheaded the ABA's comprehensive and influential "A Survey of Law School Curricula."

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6. Paul Campos
Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School
Campos gave up his controversial blog, inside the Law School Scam, earlier this year, but he still writes hard-hitting analysis for the blog, Lawyers Guns and Money. He also writes a weekly opinion column for the Scripps Howard News Agency, which appears in newspapers around the nation and is a frequent guest on CNN, MSNBC, and other major networks to discuss legal and political issues. His books include “Against the Law” (with Pierre Schlag and Steven D. Smith, 1996); “Jurismania” (1998), a critique of the American legal system; and “The Diet Myth” (2005).


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7. Erwin Chemerinsky
Dean, University of California Irvine School of Law
Chemerinsky is the founding dean and distinguished professor of law at the UC Irvine with a joint appointment in political science. Previously, he taught at Duke Law School for four years, during which he won the Duke University Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award in 2006. His areas of expertise are constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and civil liberties and appellate litigation. He is the author of seven books, most recently, “The Conservative Assault on the Constitution” and nearly 200 articles in top law reviews. He frequently argues cases before the nation’s highest courts, and also serves as a commentator on legal issues for national and local media.


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8. Jim Chen
Professor of Law, Michigan State University College of Law
Chen, who recently stepped down as dean at the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law, has written a lot on legal education, including a look at student debt and what students can afford and a working paper on merit scholarships. He has been critical of high professorial salaries and a vocal critic on the cost structure of law school.


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9. JoAnne Epps
Dean Temple University — James E. Beasley School of Law
At Temple, which has been pioneering experiential legal education since the 1950s, Epps led her faculty in an ambitious plan to expand such offerings while holding the line on costs. Temple introduced simulation courses in transactional and litigation settings into the first year curriculum; incorporated experiential components into established upper level doctrinal courses; created immersive summer programs in D.C. and Philadelphia designed to blend coursework with hands-on internships; expanded study abroad and international exchange offerings; and developed an innovative practicum program.

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10. The Faculty of Washington and Lee School of Law
Washington and Lee School of Law
In May 2012, Washington and Lee marked the completion of the first year of the full implementation of its innovative third-year curriculum. This change in legal education now serves as model many schools aspire to, but this would not have been possible without the courage of the Washington and Lee faculty to make the most significant change in legal education in over 100 years.


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11. Michael Fromkin
Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law
Froomkin conceived and implemented an annual robotics and the law conference, We Robot, starting in 2012. In only two years, We Robot has established itself as the premiere US-based conference on law and policy relating to robotics.

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12. Bryant Garth
Professor of Law, University of California Irvine School of Law
He stepped down last year as dean and CEO of Southwestern where he served for seven years and oversaw major developments in curriculum, faculty hiring, campus expansion (including first on campus housing facility) and fundraising. One of the most highly respected leaders in legal education, he is on the Executive Coordinating Committee of the "After the J.D." project, the first longitudinal study of the legal profession; co-edits the Journal of Legal Education; and chairs the advisory committee of the Law School Survey of Student Engagement.



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13. John Garvey
Professor of Law, University of New Hampshire School of Law
Garvey is the director of the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program (DWS), a comprehensive, practice-based, teaching and bar licensing honors program that takes place during the final two years of law school. Now in its eighth year, with alumni working around the nation, DWS has received national praise from judges, lawyers and legal education scholars.



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14. Claudio Grossman
Dean, American University Washington College of Law
Since his appointment as dean in 1995, the law school has further developed its intellectual creativity, pursuing numerous initiatives. More than 50 full-time faculty members have been hired, dramatically improving the law school's student-faculty ratio and expanding and enhancing scholarship, teaching and service. Grossman was unanimously reelected in May 2012 to a third term as chair of the United Nations Committee against Torture, a position he has held since April 2008, and has been a committee member following his November 2003 election to that body.

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15. Phoebe Haddon
Dean University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Haddon, is a widely respected national leader in legal education and an expert in jury participation, the courts and diversity. A fourth-generation lawyer, she was appointed in 2009 dean of the University of Maryland School of Law, the nation’s third-oldest law school, founded in 1816. Haddon joined Maryland Law after more than 25 years as a faculty member at the Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia. An accomplished scholar on constitutional law and tort law, Dean Haddon is the co-author of two casebooks in those fields and has written numerous scholarly articles on equal protection, jury participation, academic freedom and diversity. She is currently on the board of The Constitution Project, a national nonpartisan effort to promote and safeguard the nation’s founding charter.



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16. Steven Harper
Adjunct Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
Harper is a regular contributor to The American Lawyer. For 30 years prior to his retirement in 2008, he was a litigator in a large international law firm, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, which he joined upon graduation from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude) and Northwestern University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been included in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and The Best Lawyers in America. His fourth book is “The Lawyer Bubble” -- A Profession in Crisis.” His award-winning blog, The Belly of the Beast, was selected by the editors of the ABA Law Blawg as one of the best blogs of 2010 (out of more than 3,000 in its directory).




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17. William Henderson
Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law — Bloomington
Henderson's scholarship focuses on empirical analysis of the legal profession and legal education. His published work includes articles in the North Carolina Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, Texas Law Review, Michigan Law Review and Stanford Law Review. He is also a frequent commentator, author, and lecturer on trends in the legal profession, including patterns of lawyer mobility, the relationship between profitability and associate satisfaction, the economic geography of large law firms, and attrition rates of female and minority attorneys. His work appears frequently in such national publications as The American Lawyer, The Wall Street Journal, ABA Journal and the National Law Journal.


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18. Kevin Johnson
Dean, University of of California Davis School of Law
He is a known leader in Latino civil rights and diversity among students and faculty in legal education. His awards include Professor of the Year (2006) by the Hispanic National Bar Association, the Clyde Ferguson, Jr. Award for Outstanding Professor of the Year (2004) by the Minority Groups Section of the Association of American Law Schools, and the First Annual Chancellor’s Achievement Award for Diversity and Community (2001).

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19. Steven J. Kaminshine
Dean, Georgia State University College of Law
Kaminshine is a proponent of blended courses that bridge the gap between doctrinal work and experiential learning, especially those that benefit the local community. He has created reading groups, retreats, task forces and discussion roundtables with both faculty and students to bring the College of Law into the modern era of legal education. He enabled the college’s legal writing team to completely revamp the traditional writing curriculum to better reflect the realities of modern law practice and worked with the faculty to adopt the related first-year curricular changes necessary for the new writing program to succeed.

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20. Martin J. Katz
Dean, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Katz has fostered a law school culture that supports innovation and experiential education where the focus is on providing students with what they need to be successful, life-long lawyers and providing employers and clients with highly-trained professionals. He has also enhanced the relationship between students and the practicing bar, implemented a variety of programs and opportunities designed to serve students, and empowered the faculty to design new courses. Katz is also a national leader in the movement to retool legal education from the inside out.


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21. Brian Leiter
Professor of Law, The University of Chicago Law School
Leiter's teaching and research interests are in general jurisprudence (including its intersection with issues in metaphysics and epistemology), moral and political philosophy (in both Anglophone and Continental traditions), and the law of evidence. His books include “Objectivity in Law and Morals” (editor), “Nietzsche on Morality,” “The Future for Philosophy” (editor), “Naturalizing Jurisprudence” “The Oxford Handbook of Continental Philosophy” (co-editor), and “Why Tolerate Religion?” He is also the author of the well-read blog, Brian Leiter's Law School Reports.



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22. David Levi
Dean, Duke University School of Law
Levi has been devoted to bridging the gap between the academy and the legal profession. He has been particularly successful in bringing lawyers and judges together with scholars and students through programs such as the new Center for Judicial Studies at Duke, which is the only master's program in the country devoted to the study of the judiciary. Both Justice Alito and Justice Scalia have taught seminars at Duke. Levi pioneered Duke's Program in Law and Entrepreneurship that brings business leaders and innovators into the classroom with scholars and students; it also is helping prepare lawyers for work and leadership in this critical and growing sector of the economy through two new degree programs and an innovative Startup Ventures Clinic, which provides legal assistance to startup ventures in the Research Triangle area as well as ventures created by Duke students.



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23. Tanya Marsh
Professor of Law, Wake Forest University
Marsh is associate director of Career and Professional Development Francie Scott (’04) for its development of Wake Forest Law's new Professional Development Course, which for the first time this year is required of first-year law students for credit. Instruction will consist of 16 weeks of classes, spread out over the fall and spring semesters.




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24. Kyle McEntee, co-founder, Law School Transparency
With Patrick Lynch, McEntee created the pressure for law school transparency that changed the ABA's law school reporting requirements for job placement information. His organization has made a dramatic impact on the level of transparency for employment statistics that schools now share with the public.


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25. Lizabeth Moody
Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus, Stetson University College of Law
Moody was Stetson Law’s vice president and dean from 1994-1999, opening the state-of-the art Dolly & Homer Hand Law Library and laying the foundation for the college's part-time law and international programs. Today, Moody is a vice chair of the ABA Senior Lawyers Division and a member of the Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. She also serves on the board of Academy Prep and is the secretary and a member of the executive committee for the Florida Health Sciences Center (Tampa General Hospital). She teaches and writes in the area of corporate and securities law with an emphasis on nonprofit corporations and in the area of professional responsibility. A trailblazer, she was the first woman to be elected president of the Cleveland Bar Association.


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26. Blake Morant
Dean, Wake Forest University
Dean Morant is one of the nation’s best known and respected legal educators and scholars. He has built a reputation as a thoughtful leader on legal education and he has served in numerous leadership positions in the American Association of Law Schools and the ABA, and he regularly speaks across the country and abroad on legal education, diversity, as well as topics relating to his scholarly interests.



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27. Camille A. Nelson
Dean, Suffolk University Law School
Nelson has garnered national acclaim for her role in leading Suffolk Law School’s forward-looking approach to legal education. She has initiated a series of innovations aimed at improving legal pedagogy, repositioning the law school and legal education for the future, and increasing diversity at Suffolk and in the legal profession. She has supported programs designed to educate students for a changing legal profession. For example, Nelson has revolutionized the law school’s curriculum with a new legal innovation concentration that includes courses designed to train and educate technologically competent lawyers. She also spearheaded the Law School’s effort to build and launch the Institute for Law Practice Technology & Innovation.




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28. Jerry Organ
Professor of Law, University of St. Thomas School of Law — Minneapolis
Organ continues to lead the transparency charge when it comes to law school scholarship retention rates. In part, thanks to his efforts, those rates now are required to be on law school web pages. Organ has also been involved in helping move forward the ABA's effort to gather employment outcome information as a member of the Questionnaire Committee.


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29. John O'Brien
Dean, New England Law — Boston
Dean O'Brien has been dean of the law school since 1988, before which he was associate dean. He has the longest continuous service at a single institution of any law school dean in the nation. O'Brien served as chair of the Council of the American Bar Association’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar in 2011-2012. He continues to serve on the Council’s Executive Committee as immediate past chair. He previously served as chair of the ABA's Accreditation Committee and of its Independent Law Schools Committee.

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30. Wes Porter
Director of the Litigation Center at Golden Gate University School of Law
Porter is considered a creative, tech savvy, intrinsically motivated scholar and leader in the field of advocacy teaching. He's taken advocacy teaching online with a website that has instructional resources for all law students. He's also launched GGU's Annual In Vino Veritas national mock trial competition, now in its second year, in which 12 schools participate over three days in a competition that serves as a qualifying competition for the ABA's Chicago competition.


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31. Susan Westerberg Prager
Dean, Southwestern Law School
Prager is stepping down after a five-year term as executive director and CEO of the Association of American Law Schools in November to accept the deanship at Southwestern Law School. The AALS is the nation's principal representative of America's law schools and the scholarly society of the law teaching profession. As the top administrator of the organization, Prager worked with the volunteer executive board and faculty committees in evaluating schools for membership and providing programs designed to enhance law deans, faculty and administrators' effectiveness, including the AALS Annual Meeting, the largest gathering of law professors in the world.


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32. Richard L. Revesz
Dean Emeritus, New York University School of Law
One of the nation’s leading voices in the fields of environmental and regulatory law and policy, Revesz served at the helm of New York University School of Law from 2002 until 2013. During his deanship, Revesz raised more than $550 million in fundraising, recruited 46 new faculty members, expanded NYU’s pioneering loan repayment assistance program, created multiple new and influential policy centers and doubled the number of clinical courses on offer. In one of his final acts as dean, Revesz took trailblazing steps to adapt legal education through the introduction of an ambitious set of curricular enhancements — focused in part on the third year— designed to ensure that NYU Law School graduates are prepared to compete in the 21st century legal marketplace.



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33. Sophie Sparrow
Professor of Law, University of New Hampshire School of Law
Sparrow is a national expert on law teaching. She has co-authored five books on teaching and learning and has given more than 75 workshops and presentations for professors, judges and lawyers around the country. Her most recent book, “What the Best Law Teachers Do,” examines the range of teaching techniques used by leading law professors around the country. She is the consultant for the national Institute on Law Teaching and Learning. In 2004, she won the inaugural Award for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching Professionalism from the ABA and Conference of Chief Justices. In the spring of 2012, she was a Fulbright Scholar at the National Law University in Jodhpur, India.



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34. Richard Sander
Professor of Law, University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
Sander has been working on questions of social and economic inequality for nearly all of his career. His accomplishments include looking for the reasons behind the American legal profession’s explosive growth since the mid-1960s and the structure and effects of law school admissions policies. With Kris Knaplund, he published in 1995 the first comparative evaluation of academic support programs used in legal education. After California voters approved Proposition 209 in 1996 — banning the use of race in various government programs, including admissions at the University of California — Sander successfully argued for the adoption of class-based preferences in the law school’s admissions and published a study on the results of this experiment in 1997. In 2004, Sander published a comprehensive study of affirmative action in American law schools, focusing particularly on the ways in which large preferences imposed unexpected but substantial costs on their intended beneficiaries.




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35. Ted Seto
Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Seto is a tax law professor who likes to dabble with numbers, sometimes controversially so. In 2007, he reconstructed the methodology used by U.S. News & World Report and issued a report critical of the magazine's over-reliance on LSAT scores. It was met with much praise throughout the legal community. This year, he crunched more numbers and concluded that — because of the drop in enrollment in the nation's law schools — there could be a lawyer shortage as early as 2016. The findings caused quite a stir, given the current sour job market for recent grads. Seto stood by his findings.


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36. Randall T. Shepard
Visiting Professor of Law, Indiana University McKinney School of Law
Shepard was appointed chair of the ABA’s Task Force on the Future of Legal Education in August 2012. The task force was created at the urging of then ABA president Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson, who said in an “ABA Journal” story about the task force’s work that Shepard “is highly respected in the legal community for his leadership, professionalism, and civility.” The task force was charged with making recommendations to the ABA on how law schools, the ABA, and others can take steps to address issues concerning the economics of legal education and its delivery.


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37. Michael Simkovic
Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law
With Frank McIntre, an assistant professor of finance and economics at Rutgers Business School, Simkovic authored a paper called, “The Economic Value of a Law Degree,” which found that the mean pretax value of such a degree was $1 million. Simkovic said the research methods were rather traditional, but a backlash ensued, with bloggers attacking the results as being unrealistic, particularly in light of the current job market. Defenders attacked back, arguing that blogs were taking cheap — and poorly reasoned — shots.



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38. Brian Tamanaha
Professor of Law, Washington University School of Law
Last year, Tamanaha's book, “Failing Law Schools,” received much publicity and controversy, as have his blog posts on legal education. But he said last year that he would no longer write on the subject of law school education. “I don't have anything else to add,” he said after being named by The National Jurist magazine as the most influential person in legal education in 2012.


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39. William Treanor
Dean and Executive Vice President, Georgetown University Law Center
Leading Georgetown in expanding innovative experiential learning opportunities and studying curriculum changes to adapt to a changing legal world. Treanor's biggest commitment remains to legal scholarship.



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40. Rachel Van Cleave
Dean, Golden Gate University School of Law
Since becoming dean in January ,Van Cleave has published articles in Daily Journal on the future of legal education and the profession; was appointed to the ABA's new Legal Access Job Corps Task Force, which seeks to match new lawyers seeking employment with individuals and communities in need of legal services; and actively participates in an informal community of new law school deans who support one another and collaborate to address the shifting legal education environment.




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41. Philip Weiser
Dean, University of Colorado Law School
Weiser is changing the way students think about job hunting in this economy, the way professors teach and their ability to help students network. He is asking students to think outside the box when it comes to their future career paths and that giving back to the community should be part of those aspirations. Executive director and founder of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado. Dean Weiser re-joined the Colorado faculty in June, 2011.


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42. Patricia White
Dean, University of Miami School of Law
She founded LawWithoutWalls, an academic program that brings together the world’s best legal thinkers to create ideas that will influence how law is taught and practiced in the rapidly evolving technological environment. LawWithoutWalls now encompasses faculty and students from 17 law and business schools, from China to Brazil to Israel. White also founded Legal Corps, a postgraduate fellowship program that places recent law graduates in non-profit and governmental organizations for six months at a time. Since Legal Corps’ launch last year, 155 graduates of the law school have performed at least 107,000 hours of legal assistance around the world.


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43. Frank H. Wu
Chancellor and Dean, University of California, Hastings College of Law
Wu is leading UC Hastings' bold plan to reboot legal education. He gained national publicity for rebooting legal education, by announcing that his school would be voluntarily reducing its enrollment by 20 percent over the next three years. In addition, Wu received the largest grant issued by the federal Civil Liberties and Public Education Fund, to co-author Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese Internment, now the leading textbook on Asian Americans and the law.


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44. David Yellen
Dean, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Yellen has made significant contributions to advancing and improving legal education through his writing, speaking, and many outside professional activities. Yellen, who has expertise in criminal law, was a guest blogger this past year at Above the Law and The Faculty Lounge. He also served as a member of the executive committee of the Association of American Law Schools Section on the Law School Dean, the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education, and the ABA New Deans Workshops. Yellen is one of the country’s best known and highly respected deans for his expertise and contributions to legal education on a national level.

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