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  Two law schools named new deans on Monday. The University of San Diego took a somewhat unusual approach and went outside the academy to bring on Goodwin Procter partner Stephen Ferruolo. The University of Colorado School of Law kept its top administrative job in the family, choosing Colorado law professor Philip Weiser, who has taken a leave of absence to serve as a senior adviser for technology and innovation to the White House’s National Economic Council. Weiser has served on the Colorado faculty since 1999, and in 2009 served as deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s antitrust division. Before that, he founded the law school’s Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship (named for a rock formation near the Boulder, Colo., campus). “[Weiser] has amassed a critical body of legal scholarship and has distinguished himself as a researcher, a teacher, and a leader,” University of Colorado Provost Russell Moore said in a written statement. “His work in technology law has made him a seminal figure in that discipline, his leadership in building the Silicon Flatirons Center represents a significant accomplishment, and I look forward to the energy, imagination and vision he will bring in leading Colorado Law.” Weiser, who will take up his new duties on July 1, will replace Dean David Getches, who has served in that post since 2003. Getches will remain on the faculty. San Diego’s dean choice was more unconventional, as law schools rarely tap practicing attorneys. Ferruolo is no stranger to the classroom, however. He was an adjunct professor at his alma mater, Stanford Law School, and an assistant professor of history at Stanford University from 1979 to 1987. After earning his juris doctor in 1990, Ferruolo was an associate at O’Melveny & Myers before moving to Heller Ehrman. He joined Goodwin Procter in 2007 and is a partner in its business law department. He handles corporate finance and governance as well as mergers and acquisitions. San Diego’s dean search has been an arduous one. Outgoing Dean Kevin Cole announced his decision to step down last June, and the search committee announced three dean finalists in December. One of those finalists, Lawrence Mitchell, was later named dean at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. By April, the school had announced a new set of three finalists, which included Ferruolo, Grinnell College history and political science professor Russell Osgood, and Michael Waterstone, an associate dean and professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Contact Karen Sloan at [email protected].

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