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IU Maurer announces extension of search for new dean

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The search for a new dean of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law is being extended, according to a statement released from the Indiana University Office of the Provost.

To help with finding a candidate to fill the top job at the law school, the university has now hired Korn/Ferry International, a recruiting firm based in Los Angeles. Also, the search committee has been reconstituted and is being chaired by John Applegate, executive vice president for University Regional Affairs, Planning and Policy.

Hannah Buxbaum will continue to serve as interim dean of Maurer.

Catherine Dyar, chief of staff for the provost, declined to comment on the status of the search other than to say it is continuing. She said she could not comment about whether any candidates had been interviewed or if anyone had been offered the position.

According to a new position advertisement, applications are due by Aug. 30, 2013, with the expected starting date to be Jan. 1, 2014.

Applegate dispelled concerns about the school having to extend its search.

“What I read into it is finding the right fit between the school and the candidate,” he said. “Sometimes it happens readily and obviously; sometimes it takes a bit more time.”

The job description calls for applicants who “preferably possess distinguished records of scholarship, teaching, professional experience, and/or public service, and be appropriate for tenure as a full professor at the law school.” In addition, candidates should have strong administrative and managerial skills “necessary for leading a law school on the campus of a highly interdisciplinary public research university.”

In a statement, Dyar explained that in order “to accommodate leaves, sabbaticals, and other requests, we have reconstituted the search committee, which will build on the excellent work of the first iteration of the committee.” The goal is for the committee to make an announcement of a decanal appointment in November 2013.

Applegate’s committee has held its first meeting and plans to spend the summer building on the work of the previous committee.

Like Dyar, he praised the work of the former committee lead by Patricia McDougall-Covin, the William L. Haeberle professor of entrepreneurship in the Kelley School of Business. Applegate said the first iteration of the search committee identified many good leads and developed good ideas.

He acknowledged his committee has an ambitious timetable, but he is confident it will find a qualified candidate by the end of the year.

IU Maurer School of Law began searching for a new dean when former dean Lauren Robel became executive vice president and provost of the IU Bloomington campus July 1. She was named the interim provost in December 2011 at which time Buxbaum, then executive associate dean for academic affairs at IU Maurer, was named interim dean.

Members of the reconstituted committee are:

Kevin Brown, Richard S. Melvin professor of law
Linda Fariss, director of the law library and senior lecturer in law
Michael Flannery, chair, IU Maurer board of visitors, alumnus
Charles Geyh, John F. Kimberling professor of law
Judge David Hamilton, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
Andrea Havill, assistant dean of alumni relations
Joseph Hoffmann, Harry Pratter professor of law and director of strategic projects
Jay Krishnan, professor of law and Charles L. Whistler faculty fellow; director of India Initiative, Center on the Global Legal Profession; and co-director, Center for Law, Society and Culture
Lisa McKinney, member of board of visitors, past president of law alumni board, alumna
Donna Nagy, C. Ben Dutton professor of law
Aviva Orenstein, professor of law and Val Nolan faculty fellow
Cynthia Reichard, senior lecturer in law
Justice Loretta Rush, Indiana Supreme Court, alumna
Ryan Scott, associate professor of law
Laura Song, law student
Catherine Dyar, Office of the Provost, member ex officio.




 

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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