Welcome back to Ahead of the Curve. I’m Karen Sloan, legal education editor at Law.com, and I’ll be your host for this weekly look at innovation and notable developments in legal education.

This week, I’m chatting with Virginia Law dean Risa Goluboff about why her school is so prolific in producing law deans. Just last week, George Washington tapped Virginia law professor Dayna Bowen Matthew as its incoming dean—the fifth woman from the faculty to go to lead a top school since 2012. Next up, I’m checking in on Gonzaga Law’s launch of an LGBTQ+ clinic, which hasn’t gone over well with everyone in the Catholic community. Finally, UC Berkley law dean Erwin Chemerinsky and UC Irvine law dean Song Richardson got a rematch in their mock trial over Shylock from the Merchant of Venice. How did it go for the fictional character? Read on.

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