Blake Morant.
Blake Morant. (Photo: Ken Bennett/Wake Forest University.)

George Washington University has named Blake Morant as the next dean of its law school.

Morant has served as dean of Wake Forest University School of Law for the past seven years, and will assume the top position at George Washington University Law School on Sept. 1. He is also the president-elect of the Association of American Law Schools.

“Blake Morant is not only a seasoned dean but also a national leader in legal education,” university president Steven Knapp in the announcement Monday of Morant’s appointment. “He brings to this important position a proven record of accomplishments, and his extensive leadership experience will make him an extremely valuable addition to our law school and the entire university.”

George Washington Law has been without a permanent dean since early 2013, when former dean Paul Schiff Berman took on the newly created position of vice provost for online education at the university. With that move came rumors that some on the law school faculty had been unhappy with Berman’s leadership. He had only been at the helm of the law school for a year and a half.

Law professor Gregory Maggs has been serving as interim dean since Berman’s departure.

Morant said he welcomes the opportunity to head the Washington law school.

“I have respected and admired the George Washington Law School throughout my career and consider serving as its next dean to be a distinct privilege,” Morant said. “I look forward to working with the constituency of this historic institution during this time of both challenge and extraordinary opportunity.”

Prior to taking over the deanship at Wake Forest, Morant was the associate dean for academic affairs at Washington and Lee University School of Law, where he was also director of the Francis Lewis Law Center, which supports faculty research and scholarship.

Morant has been active within the Association of American Law Schools and the American Bar Association for years, and he served as the vice president of the North Carolina Bar Association in 2009.

“My colleagues on the search committee assembled an extremely strong pool of candidates,” said law professor Roger Schechter, who led the dean search committee. “Within that talented group, Blake stood out, not only for his significant academic and administrative accomplishments, but for his personal warmth and charm.”

Before entering legal academia, Morant was an assistant general counsel in the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and served in the U.S. Army JAG Corps.

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