Stanford Law School has named Mary Elizabeth Magill as its next dean.

Magill now is vice dean at the University of Virginia School of Law, where she has taught since 1997 and oversees the curriculum.

University Provost John Etchemendy praised Magill for her creative problem-solving and community engagement when announcing her appointment on July 24.

“At a time when law schools must adapt to fundamental changes in the legal profession, it is hard to imagine a more capable dean to lead the school and legal academy into the future,” he said.

Magill will replace Larry Kramer, who has run the school since 2004. Kramer announced in March that he would step down on August 31 to assume leadership of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, one of the largest foundations in the nation with $7 billion in assets. Magill will officially step in on September 1.

“Stanford Law School is an extraordinary law school,” Magill said. “It has had a remarkable series of leaders and, as a result, is today the most innovative law school in the country. I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve as it’s next dean.”

Stanford has long history of high-profile law deans. Kathleen Sullivan is now a name partner at litigation powerhouse Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, while her predecessor Paul Brest also went on to head the Hewlett Foundation.

Kramer said that Magill is a good fit for Stanford because of her “commitment to interdisciplinary work” and her embrace of innovation.

“She is not just a superb scholar with an expansive and creative vision for the future of legal education and the profession, she is someone who will connect instantly and deeply with faculty, students, staff, alumni and the broader university community,” Kramer said.

Magill graduated from Virginia Law in 1995 before clerking for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and joining the Virginia faculty in 1997. Her scholarship focuses on administrative law and constitutional structure. She has taught administrative law, constitutional law, and food and drug law.

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