Dean Search–University of Baltimore School of Law

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The University of Baltimore invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the School of Law.

The University of Baltimore School of Law is a vibrant, urban law school that is deeply engaged in the local, state, national and global legal communities. In early 2013, the Law School will complete construction of a new, 12-story platinum LEED certified facility that will support innovative pedagogy, flexible spaces for faculty and student interaction, a state-of-the-art library, and student-centered services. In recent years, the Law School has hired dynamic scholar-teachers, begun a medical-legal partnership with The Johns Hopkins University, revamped its curriculum to emphasize critical thinking, and obtained a multi-year institution funding commitment that will increase the law school’s expenditure budget.

The new Dean will have the opportunity to build on the Law School’s momentum and to impart a vision for a 21st Century law school. As the Law School’s chief academic officer, the Dean will be expected to provide intellectual and administrative leadership, guiding the Law School in fulfilling its continuing goal of offering cutting-edge education for current and future generations of students.

The School of Law is committed to producing graduates who are critical thinkers and practice- ready lawyers. The School’s nationally renowned clinical program offers nine clinics, and almost all students take advantage of the school’s experiential learning opportunities. All first-year students take an expanded legal writing program that integrates a doctrinal course with a writing course, and also enroll in one of five Law in Context offerings, which are designed to give students theoretical understandings of the law. There are five dynamic centers at the Law School: The Center for Families, Children and the Courts; the Center on Applied Feminism; the Center for Sport and the Law; the Center for International and Comparative Law; and the Stephen L. Snyder Center for Litigation Skills. The Law School prepares students for a global legal practice by offering programs such as a Master of Laws in the Law of the United States; longstanding study abroad programs in international and comparative law in Scotland, Israel, and Curacao; and exchanges between faculty and students at the Law School and international institutions.

The School of Law was founded in 1925 and is part of the State of Maryland higher education system. It is the sixth-largest public law school in the country, with approximately 1,100 students. Students come from 31 states and 14 countries; they are graduates of 153 different colleges and universities. Eighteen percent are students of color and 30 percent are from out of state. Our students’ entering credentials continue to rise; the median LSAT score in 2011 was 156. There are 57 full-time faculty members, of whom 47 have tenure.

The School of Law is part of the University of Baltimore, which is one of the Carnegie Foundation’s first “community engaged” universities. The University enrolls more than 6,500 students and is comprised of four academic units: The Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, and the School of Law. The University is located in the cultural heart of Baltimore, near museums, concert halls, and educational arts institutions. The Law School is deeply ingrained in the Maryland legal community, and its dedicated alumni actively participate in the life of the Law School, teach as adjunct professors, and support current students through a wide range of mentoring activities. Furthermore, the wide alumni network in Maryland provides current students with numerous internship and career opportunities. The Law School’s dynamic Law and Career Development Office assists students in taking advantage of these opportunities and has expanded the schools’ reach throughout Maryland and Washington D.C.

Candidates must possess a J.D. or its equivalent from an accredited institution, progressive leadership experience, excellent interpersonal skills, and outstanding achievement that fulfills the School’s requirements for tenure at the rank of Professor. Strong preference is for someone who has had administrative experience, a record of scholarship within the field of law, and fiscal and fundraising expertise. The ability to build upon and further develop good relations with legislators, the Bar, state agencies, alumni, and donors is crucial.

The University of Baltimore is committed to diversity and welcomes applications and nominations of women, minorities, and others whose background and viewpoints contribute to the diversity of our institution.

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting the University of Baltimore in the search. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. For best consideration, materials should be provided by January 27, 2012. Nominations should include the name, position, address, and telephone number of the nominee. Application materials should include a letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements, a resume, and contact information for at least five references. Submission of materials as MS Word attachments is strongly encouraged.

Confidential inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to:
Jan Greenwood or Betty Turner Asher
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
42 Business Center Drive, Suite 206
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Phone: 850.650.2277τFax: 850.650.2272

E-mail: jangreenwood@greenwoodsearch.com
bettyasher@greenwoodsearch.com

For more information about the University of Baltimore visit the website at
www.ubalt.edu

The University of Baltimore is an AA/EOE employer.

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