Jay Conison, dean of Valparaiso University Law School since 1998, has been named as the new dean of Charlotte School of Law, effective April 15.
While dean at Valparaiso, the law school constructed a second building devoted to clinical and skills education, expanded faculty, upgraded the main law facility, and introduced VOLT, a website designed to help students from day one plan for their careers.
Conison is active in the American Bar Association and The Association of American Law Schools and currently is reporter for the ABA’s Task Force on the Future of Legal Education. He earned his law degree from the University of Minnesota. Before joining Valparaiso Law School, he was a professor, associate dean, and interim dean at Oklahoma City University School of Law. He also practiced business litigation before moving into academia.
Conison was traveling Thursday and unavailable for comment. In a release issued by Charlotte School of Law, he said, “It’s a great honor to assume the role as Dean at Charlotte School of Law. Charlotte School of Law is known for its dedicated and highly collaborative faculty and staff. I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, students, and alumni, in leading the School to greater excellence in serving students and to recognition as an innovator in legal education.”
Charlotte School of Law, a private school in Charlotte, N.C., offers full-time, part-time and evening J.D. programs, and a joint J.D./M.B.A. degree and J.D./MA in Accountancy with UNC-Charlotte. The school was granted provision approval by the ABA in 2008 before becoming accredited by the ABA in June 2011.
Conison’s departure means three Indiana law schools will be searching for new deans. Lauren Robel left her post as dean of Indiana University Maurer School of Law to become provost of I.U. Bloomington. Hannah Buxbaum has been serving as interim dean since December 2011. I.U. Robert H. McKinney School of Law Dean Gary Roberts announced his retirement as dean, effective the end of the 2013 school year. Both schools have formed search committees to find new deans.