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The University of Minnesota Law School has narrowed its search for a new dean to five candidates, including Nora V. Demleitner, Gregory A. Hicks, Edward J. Larson, Leon Trakman, and David Wippman. Demleitner is the interim dean at Hofstra University School of Law in Hempstead, N.Y., and is also a professor there in the areas of criminal and comparative law. After she graduated from Yale Law School in 1992, she clerked for Samuel A. Alito, Jr., who was on the 3d U.S. Circuit Court and is now on the U.S. Supreme Court. Hicks is the interim dean and a professor at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle. He came to the law school’s faculty in 1984 after working for four years at what was then Perkins, Coie, Stone, Olsen & Williams in Seattle and two years as a special assistant to the chairman for the U.S. Export-Import Bank. Larson is a Pulitzer-prize winning professor of law and history at Pepperdine University and formerly taught at the University of Georgia. He won the Pulitzer in history for his 1997 book “Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion.” In the 1980s, he was counsel in the U.S. Education Department’s Office of Education Research and Improvement and earlier was associate counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor. Trakman is immediate past dean and a professor at the faculty of law of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, in the areas of education reform and legal philosophy. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School and has written on topics ranging from sociology to commercial and contract law. He has been a visiting professor at various U.S. law schools and at the University of Cape Town. Wippman is the vice provost for international relations and a law professor at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and previously served as the school’s associate dean in 2004. He was director of the National Security Council’s Office of Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs from 1998 to 1999. He also practiced law in the 1980s at Reichler, Appelbaum & Wippman and earlier at Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy, both in the Washington.

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