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Seattle University School of Law


Alumni will have input on dean search

A Dean Search Committee has been appointed by Seattle University Provost Isiaah Crawford to lead the process of selecting the next Dean of the School of Law. The committee is co-chaired by Professor Janet Ainsworth, John D. Eshelman Professor of Law, and Professor David Skover, Frederic C. Tausend Professor of Law. Members include Law Alumni Board President Linda Strout ’79. Other distinguished faculty and community members also serve on the committee.


The committee is hard at work preparing and disseminating materials advertising the position nationally and identifying and cultivating a pool of applicants.


“This is an incredible opportunity for the right person,” co-chair Ainsworth said. “In recent years, the law school has become increasingly recognized as an innovative leader in legal education, respected for our mission of educating outstanding lawyers for a just and humane world. There is a real sense of excitement and energy at the law school about the many projects, centers, and initiatives that faculty and students have launched here. We are convinced that the future of the law school is even brighter still. We expect that our growing national reputation will attract many highly qualified applicants for the position.”


The committee looks forward to receiving alumni response to the candidates as they set out their vision of the future for our law school. Because alumni input is so valuable to the committee on this important transition for the law school, members will be working with the Law Alumni Board to facilitate communication with our alumni base throughout the dean search process.


During the dean search, the committee welcomes your ideas, suggestions, and feedback on the search process and on potential candidates, and has set up a special e-mail address solely for our alumni:


The committee expects to review applications during the fall semester, with finalists for the position invited for two-day campus interviews later this year. An alumni forum with each of the finalists will be scheduled as part of those visits.


Professor Ainsworth summed up the search process this way: “It’s the goal of the committee to send a list of such talented and dynamic candidates to the President and Provost that they will only wish that they could hire them all.”


You can see the prospectus further describing our law school’s mission and achievements and the qualities the law school is looking for in its next dean on our website.

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