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Georgetown University has chosen a constitutional and immigration scholar to lead its law school. Effective July 1, T. Alexander Aleinikoff — professor, author, and former Clinton administration official — will become executive vice president and dean of Georgetown University Law Center. He replaces Dean Judith Areen, who is stepping down after serving 15 years in the post. “This is such a good place at the moment that to lead it and to serve it is just a great opportunity,” Aleinikoff says. The search committee was required to submit at least three prospects to Georgetown President John DeGioia. The school declines to reveal the other candidates or the salary it will pay the new dean. In 1997, Aleinikoff joined Georgetown’s faculty, where he taught classes on immigration, refugee, and constitutional law. He has written more than 50 books and articles in these areas. In the mid-1990s, Aleinikoff served in the Clinton administration as Immigration and Naturalization Service general counsel and associate commissioner for programs. Before that he taught at the University of Michigan Law School. “[Aleinikoff] has both the talent and the temperament to be a great dean,” Areen says of her successor, who will serve at least one five-year term. Aleinikoff is looking ahead to the changes in legal education, particularly training students to function in other legal systems. “That’s a whole new world for legal education,” he says. David Martin, Aleinikoff’s co-author of an immigration law casebook, says the future dean is an innovative thinker. “I think that will mean Georgetown will be a very exciting place to be for a long time to come.” Meanwhile, Areen, who announced her retirement from the position last spring, will return for her 33rd year on Georgetown’s faculty, after a one-year sabbatical. She will revise casebooks she authored and start writing new books, including one on women in higher education. Areen has received accolades for her service at Georgetown. She counts among her accomplishments recruitment of much of the faculty, increased financial aid for students, and a decrease in the number of full-time-equivalent students in the law school that has the largest enrollment in the country. In 1998, Areen was almost forced out by former university president the Rev. Leo O’Donovan, but support from faculty, students, and alumni secured her position for another five years. Although her successor does not take the post until July, the transition has begun. Aleinikoff has already received several suggestions for the law school, but says he doesn’t mind: “I hope that will continue.”

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