X

Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
The UC-Berkeley committee charged with finding a new dean for Boalt Hall School of Law has announced a short list of four candidates from outside the university under consideration for the job. The school is seeking a replacement for John Dwyer, a longtime Boalt professor who abruptly resigned the dean’s post in November 2002 in the wake of sexual harassment allegations involving a student. Though insiders may still apply for the job, the 12-member search committee circulated a memo last week on campus announcing it had invited the four external finalists to attend two-day meetings with university administrators, faculty, students and alumni beginning Oct. 27. The short list includes Christopher Edley, professor at Harvard Law School; Edward Rubin, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School; E. Thomas Sullivan, a professor and former dean of the University of Minnesota Law School; and Stephen Yeazell, a UCLA School of Law professor. UC-Berkeley Chancellor Robert Berdahl has instructed the law school and the committee to submit several names for his consideration so that the final decision isn’t left up to the law school, said Robert Berring Jr., Boalt’s acting dean. While the committee includes several faculty members from other parts of the university, it’s primarily comprised of law school professors, Berring said. Law school faculty members say the search for a dean will likely feature candidates from outside the law school more prominently than it did when Dwyer was selected. Boalt professor Eleanor Swift said Berdahl’s insistence on more than one name increases the chances that candidates from outside the university will get the post. “He’s really sending a message to the outside people that this isn’t a job that an insider has a lock on,” Swift said, adding that outsiders often consider their chances of getting a job as a dean of another law school as slim. “They feel that if there’s an inside candidate, they won’t have a chance,” she said. The university may be looking to avoid the controversy surrounding its last hunt for a dean. Dwyer, a 16-year veteran professor at Boalt, won a faculty vote before he was named dean in February 2000. But several faculty members publicly protested Dwyer’s selection because they questioned his support for affirmative action. Swift said she’s disappointed the short list didn’t include any women. The list does include one minority candidate — Edley, who is African-American. However, the committee announcement said several women finalists dropped out of the running. “That’s a disappointment, but I do believe the committee tried its best to bring women into the final candidacy,” Swift said. The committee may still consider candidates from inside the university, Berring said. Traditionally, professors wait until other candidates are named before announcing they want the job, he said.

This content has been archived. It is available exclusively through our partner LexisNexis®.

To view this content, please continue to Lexis Advance®.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber? Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® is now the exclusive third party online distributor of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® customers will be able to access and use ALM's content by subscribing to the LexisNexis® services via Lexis Advance®. This includes content from the National Law Journal®, The American Lawyer®, Law Technology News®, The New York Law Journal® and Corporate Counsel®, as well as ALM's other newspapers, directories, legal treatises, published and unpublished court opinions, and other sources of legal information.

ALM's content plays a significant role in your work and research, and now through this alliance LexisNexis® will bring you access to an even more comprehensive collection of legal content.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]

 
 

ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2020 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.