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When Robert J. Reinstein agreed to take over as dean of then Temple University Law School, he committed to at least a three-year term. That was in 1989. Nearly 20 years later, Reinstein is resigning from the post, as well as his position as the vice president of international programs, effective June 30, 2008. After much thought, the longest-serving dean in American law schools said he wanted to go back to his true loves of teaching and scholarship. Reinstein will return to teaching full time next fall in the areas of constitutional law and civil rights. “I actually think being a law professor is the best job in the world,” Reinstein said. While Reinstein pretty much held down two full-time jobs since 1997, it will take two people to fill his shoes. Two separate searches will be launched, the school said, to recruit both a new law school dean and a vice president of the university’s international programs. Reinstein said he expects he will be part of the formal search process for the dean in terms of making a recommendation. He said he wanted to stay on through the end of this academic year, rather than selecting an acting dean, in order to provide a smooth transition. “I am most grateful for Dean Reinstein’s remarkable service to Temple,” university President Ann Weaver Hart said in a statement. “Under his leadership, the Beasley School of Law has grown by every measure. In addition, Bob’s impact on Temple has been felt globally, through his work in developing and expanding international programs in China, at Temple University Japan, Temple Rome and around the world.” Reinstein said he felt both the law school and the international programs were in “good shape” as he prepares to leave. Aside from teaching full time, he said he plans to become more involved in research. Reinstein said he has turned down offers to write about law school administration, as he would rather focus on doctrinal legal issues. There is much to be said, however, for his work on the law school administration end. “I think it’s gone from a good regional school to an excellent international school,” Reinstein said. Applications have nearly doubled since he took over as dean, bringing in 4,800 applications this past year. In the day division, 50 percent of the applicants are from out of state, he said. That number was at about 15 to 20 percent when he first took over. “I thought it was a necessity because Pennsylvania hasn’t been growing,” Reinstein said of continuing to improve the student body through out-of-state recruitment. One of his proudest accomplishments as dean, Reinstein said, is growing the school’s endowment, which he said “practically didn’t exist” when he came on board. The endowment went from $4 million nearly 20 years ago to $57 million, the full-time faculty increased by 20 percent, and 13 endowed faculty chairs and more than 70 endowed student scholarship funds were created. One of the funds, endowed by the late James Beasley Sr., is providing 41 full-tuition scholarships to law students in the 2007 entering class. The 2006 graduating class achieved the highest first-time bar pass rate for any Pennsylvania law school. Jim Beasley Jr. said he is glad to hear that Reinstein will still be teaching. “I think he’s done an awesome job,” Beasley said. “I don’t think the school’s ever been better.” Reinstein has been effective in reaching out to high school and colleges, he said. While it will be hard to match his capacity, at least he will still be there to offer advice to the new dean, Beasley said. Reinstein has many fond memories on the international side as well. Prior to becoming dean and vice president, he was not only a law professor, but served as university general counsel from 1982 to 1989. During that time, he was involved in negotiating the creation of several of the university’s international programs, particularly in Rome and Tokyo. “So when I became dean, I wanted the law school to take advantage,” Reinstein said, adding later, “I saw first-hand this incredible trend of globalization.” Currently, 25 percent of the law school students are studying abroad. Temple Japan was the first foreign university campus to be officially recognized by the Japanese Ministry of Education, which allows it to sponsor visas. There are more than 3,000 undergraduate students at the campus. Temple’s programs in Tokyo and China provide LL.M programs for Chinese and Japanese students and now offer courses for American students studying abroad. In 2002, Reinstein was awarded the National Friendship Award by the prime minister of China for Temple’s contributions to developing the rule of law in that country. Although Temple has footprints across the globe, Reinstein points to the school’s commitment to the local community. Temple law students volunteer in the North Philadelphia community in a variety of clinical training programs. The Temple Legal Aid Office has also represented disadvantaged citizens in the community for over 50 years. One-third of the 2007 law school graduating class received awards for public service. Reinstein himself has always been committed to the community and the school. The Baltimore native went to Cornell for undergraduate study and received his law degree from Harvard. When he graduated, Reinstein moved to Philadelphia and began serving as a member of Temple’s faculty in 1969. During that time, he served as a contributing attorney for the NAACP and worked to integrate the Philadelphia police and fire departments, the state police and Operating Engineers Union Local 542. After nearly 40 years with Temple University, and the promise of more, Reinstein said he has “always been very attracted to Temple” because it combines a focus of excellence in education with accessibility.

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