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Round Two has begun in Emory University’s search for a new law school dean. Nearly two months after the unsuccessful end of its first search, the school has announced five new possibilities: two current Emory professors and three outsiders. Unlike two of the three candidates in the first search, all the contenders in this round have law degrees. The Emory insiders are Thomas C. Arthur, a law professor who is the interim vice provost for international affairs, and associate professor Polly J. Price, the school’s associate dean for academic affairs and a member of the first dean search committee. The outsiders are James F. Blumstein, a chaired law professor at Vanderbilt University; Thomas B. Metzloff, a former U.S. Supreme Court clerk, now a professor at Duke University’s law school; and Thomas J. Schoenbaum, the Dean and Virginia Rusk Professor of International Law at the University of Georgia. Schoenbaum, 62, was the first to visit Emory. Looking slightly Beatlesque in a charcoal chalk-stripe suit, monochrome burgundy shirt and tie, wire-rimmed glasses and wispy, sandy-gray hair, he spoke to a lunchtime crowd of about 100 students and faculty on Monday. “I’m interested in institution-building,” he told the crowd. He said he’d only want the dean’s job if, after discussions at Emory, he felt he could make a positive impact on the school. He said Emory needs to leverage its status as a private school, and differentiate itself and its curriculum from state schools by adding interdisciplinary and specialized programs. “If you graduated from UGA or Emory today, your opportunities are going to be about the same, and that shouldn’t be,” he said. His ideas on how to make that happen focused primarily on making the school a center for international legal study. Given his background, that international bent is not surprising. According to his curriculum vitae, included in a packet given to Emory faculty, he has reading and speaking ability in eight foreign languages, has taught at universities in Japan, England and Germany, and served as executive director for the Dean Rusk Center for International and Comparative Law from 1983 to 2000. His law degree is from the University of Michigan, and he has a post-doctoral fellowship in German and European Economic Community law from the University of Munich. In 2000, he completed a doctorate in international and comparative law from the University of Cambridge. Among other ideas for the school, Schoenbaum recommended: � Decreasing the size of the usually 200-member entering class by about 15 students, to increase student-faculty and student-student contact; � Recruiting students more widely from across the country and around the world. Now, according to information on Emory’s Web site, about 50 percent of its law students are from the South; 28 percent from the Northeast; 13 percent from the Midwest; and 7 percent from the West Coast; � Emphasizing the school’s LL.M program and creating a doctoral program, both of which would cater to foreign students; and � Focusing more on international law, including classes on the European Union and its intersection with U.S. business, study-abroad programs and a required first-year class in international law. Emory has “a very good international and comparative law faculty, but there’s no focal point,” Schoenbaum said. “I know of no law school in the United States that has a really good international and comparative law program, and Emory could be that school.” Schoenbaum also advocated building a new law school facility within five years — a particular irony, as the classroom ceiling under which he stood had two yawning holes in it, the tiles apparently eaten away by water damage. “At least it’s not raining in here,” one student remarked quietly to a companion. Another audience member asked about his fundraising ability, and Schoenbaum talked of getting a $50,000 grant while teaching at Tulane University, and of raising money for the Rusk Center. He also spoke of Emory’s need to improve its ability to generate funds from alumni. “The record of Emory alumni [giving] is decent, but it’s not spectacular,” he said. FUTURE ALUMS, LAW PROF MEET Some of the school’s future alumni met last week with Emory law professor Richard D. Freer to discuss their school’s search for a new dean. Freer is head of the search committee that found Schoenbaum and the other second-round candidates. In that meeting, held Wednesday at the law school, Freer fielded questions from students wanting to know why they weren’t included in the process. As students munched on Emory-provided pizzas, Freer explained he didn’t pick the new search committee. That was done by Emory’s president, William M. Chace. Though the students were mostly quiet, a few did speak up. “I feel like I’m on a sinking ship,” said one female student, as a woman sitting next to her nodded in agreement. She mentioned problems with Emory’s facilities — including leaking ceilings in some classrooms — and said she feared her degree would be worth less in 10 years because of the difficulty the school has had in finding a new dean, as well as other issues. Freer assured the student that her degree wouldn’t be worth less in 10 years, in part because, despite poor marketing, Emory has lots of potential and its faculty and administration are, as he put it, “hungry.” Hungry is good, he explained, because it means there’s motivation to grow and change. He also acknowledged that the law school had slipped in national rankings, and that rankings were very important to a school’s image. In U.S. News & World Report‘s most recent ranking of law schools, for example, Emory held 27th place, down from 25th place in 1998. Though he admitted that he didn’t know the law professors who’d be visiting campus, he did reassure students that the school has a good slate of candidates. None are from “Joe’s Law School,” he told the students. All have good credentials and don’t need the job. And, he added, they’re all lawyers. Another student asked if there would be a second interim dean, as the current interim dean, Peter Hay, will be leaving for Europe. No, Freer said, explaining that two interim deans would be seen as “a sign of weakness.” Finding a dean is time-consuming, he said. He told students that while the first dean search committee — led by Emory law professor Jeffrey N. Pennell — spent some 10 months looking for candidates, he’d had just 60 days. Instead of working through a consultant, as the first search committee did, Freer said that he personally called people his committee thought would be good deans and invited them to visit the school. Finding a law school dean is difficult because being a dean isn’t a very good job, Freer told students. Unlike Emory’s former dean, Howard O. Hunter, who stayed for 12 years, most deans last for only three years, he said. Freer analogized deans to mushrooms — the first year they’re in the dark, the second year people throw “crap” on them and the third year they’re canned. Why didn’t you look outside the ranks of academia? asked one student. Why not tap someone like Joe Gladden, the former general counsel of The Coca-Cola Company? Freer said he didn’t know who Gladden was, but that the committee had discussed prominent figures including former President Jimmy Carter before deciding on the current slate. A dean’s most important role is fund raising, Freer said. Part of that, he explained, involves having good relations with the university president’s office. “I want a cheerleader,” he said. FIRST SEARCH PROBLEMS Emory’s second-round search for a cheerleader began just days after its first search ended. That search officially came to a close when Emory President Chace issued a statement on Dec. 5, 2001, saying that the strengths of the first-round candidates “were not in the most advantageous alignment” with the school’s needs. At least one of the first-round candidates, however, had withdrawn from the search three days prior to Chace’s message. Davison Douglas — the only candidate with a J.D., and a law professor at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary in Virginia — told the Fulton County Daily Report he decided he didn’t want the job and withdrew from the search on Dec. 2, 2001. Thomas S. Ulen, a professor teaching law and economics at the University of Illinois College of Law, did not return a call asking whether he, too, had withdrawn from the search. Harry N. Scheiber of the University of California’s Boalt Hall School of Law declined comment on his exit from the process. Though both have doctorate degrees, neither are lawyers.

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