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The University of Wisconsin Law School has narrowed its search for dean, naming three finalists for the position.

Faculty, academic staff, students and members of the Wisconsin legal community comprised a 16-member search-and-screen committee that made its recommendations to Chancellor Biddy Martin and Provost Paul M. DeLuca Jr. The committee was chaired by law professor and associate dean Kathryn Hendley.

The finalists are:

Nicholas W. Allard, partner at Patton Boggs in Washington, D.C. Allard is chair of the law firm's lobbying, political and elections law practice. Allard has been an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law, Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business and Georgetown University Law Center. He earned his law degree from Yale University, was a Rhodes Scholar earning a master's degree from Oxford University and received a bachelor's degree from Princeton University.

Allard served as administrative assistant and chief of staff to the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan from 1986 to 1987, and from 1984 to 1986, he was minority staff counsel to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where he served as legal counsel to Senator Edward Kennedy. He is also a prolific author on a broad range of issues, including more than 20 articles on Internet law, new media and privacy.

Gene Nichol, professor and director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina School of Law. Nichol was president of the College of William & Mary from 2005-2008 and earlier served as dean of the University of North Carolina School of Law from 1999-2005 and dean of the University of Colorado Law School from 1988-1995. He earned his law degree from the University of Texas and has a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University, where he also played varsity football.

Nichol was James Gould Cutler professor and director of the Bill of Rights Institute at William & Mary from 1985-1988. He has also taught at Oxford, Exeter, Florida and West Virginia. He founded the Byron White Center of Constitutional Law at the University of Colorado (1990) and the Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina (2001). Nichol is co-author of Federal Courts; Federal Courts: Cases and Comments; and contributing author of Where We Stand: Voices of Southern Dissent. In 2004, he was named Pro Bono Professor of the Year at the University of North Carolina.

Margaret Raymond, William G. Hammond professor of law at the University of Iowa College of Law. Raymond has been a professor at the University of Iowa since 1995, serving in a number of campus leadership roles, including president of the University Faculty Senate. Raymond earned her law degree from Columbia University and has a bachelor's degree from Carleton College. She served as a clerk to the late Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge James L. Oakes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Following her clerkship, Raymond worked in private practice, first as a commercial litigator and later as a criminal defense lawyer. Her scholarship focuses on constitutional criminal procedure, substantive criminal law, and the professional responsibility of lawyers. In 2004, she received the Collegiate Teaching Award at the University of Iowa Law School. Raymond is the author of a Professional Responsibility casebook, The Law and Ethics of Law Practice.

Campus visits by the finalists are expected to begin in the coming weeks; visits will include meetings with campus administrators and governance groups. More information will be announced as the visits are scheduled. Following the visits, Martin and DeLuca will make a decision, with the goal of having the permanent dean start in time for the fall semester.

The new dean will succeed Ken Davis, dean since 1997, who said last fall he was stepping down and returning to the faculty. Davis is the school's second-longest serving dean.

The UW Law School was founded in 1868 and is known for its "law in action" approach to teaching law in which students learn the fundamentals of the law, as well as its role in society.

The dean will be expected to lead the advancement of the school through its legal education programs and research initiatives, and by building strong internal and external communities to support the school's continued success and growth.

The dean serves as the chief academic and executive officer of the school, with responsibility for faculty and staff development, personnel oversight, fundraising, budget planning and management, curriculum and student academic affairs.

For further information, contact David Musolf, Secretary of the Faculty, UW-Madison, 608-262-3956,  

Submitted by UW Law News on May 26, 2011

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