Alumni Update Letter: Faculty News

Here’s another installment from my annual alumni update letter, this time about faculty news:

Faculty News

This past year, we continued our exceptional run of faculty recruiting. Indeed, over the past two years, we have hired seven new faculty members: two senior professors (McGuinness and Sharfman), three tenure-track professors (Subotnik, Varadarajan, and Zimmerman), and two legal writing professors (Castello and Weintraub). All bring impressive credentials, real-world practice experience, and a dedication to teaching and scholarship. We have also added two experienced administrators to the Law School’s leadership team – one to run our library (Cerjan) and the other to run our international programs (Walker). In addition, this year the Law School is enriched by the presence of two senior visiting faculty members (Remus and Ross). (Check out the Faculty Profiles page on the web site to see the details about these accomplished scholars and outstanding teachers).

In addition, two faculty members have assumed important new roles. Larry Cunningham has been appointed Associate Dean for Student Services. In this new role, Dean Cunningham has assumed responsibility for the Career Development Office, the Externship Program, and the Public Interest Center. He will also continue to supervise the Registrar’s Office. Michael A. Perino has been appointed Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship, a position previously occupied by Professor Paul F. Kirgis. I thank Professor Kirgis for his wonderful service in this position over the past three years, and I am grateful that Professor Perino has agreed to take on this leadership role.

Last year saw a burst of activity from our academic centers, and the good work continued over the summer. The Center for Labor and Employment Law and the Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution jointly sponsored a conference at the University of Cambridge titled “Worlds of Work: Employment Dispute Resolution Systems Across the Globe.” Carey Center students and professors also traveled to Ghana to conduct mediation training at the Catholic University of Ghana. The Ronald H. Brown Center once again hosted the Prep Program for College Students, its award-winning diversity pipeline initiative. And the Center for Law and Religion just launched its new blog, the CLR Forum.

In curricular developments, we have continued to focus on courses and programs that directly prepare our students for the practice of law. To that end, we added five new clinics last year (bringing our total to fourteen) and continued the rapid growth of upper level courses focused on teaching students concrete writing skills.

Update: Professor Perino has begun publishing a newsletter summarizing recent faculty activities and accomplishments.  The September newsletter is available here.  Check it out.

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