Finalists for Dean position to visit College of Law

The law has never played a more vital role in people’s everyday lives than it does right now. As faculty, students, and alumni engage with such timely issues as immigration, fair housing, environmental protection, civil rights, and criminal justice reform, the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law seeks to continue its tradition of excellence with a renewed vision for educating and training the next generations of lawyers who will reshape society through the practice of the law. Over the past several months, a committee has been in the process of searching for the College of Law’s next Dean.

Five finalists will visit the College of Law in coming weeks starting on Jan. 8 to interview for the law school’s open Dean position. Names of the candidates will be released 24 hours in advance on the College of Law’s Dean search web site under the “candidate visits” section. 

The College of Law seeks in its new leader an innovative, entrepreneurial, and creative approach to reinvigorate the spirit of a college steeped in tradition. The search committee envisions a new leader who will understand the variety of roles that stakeholders play in a university and law school ecosystem.

The College of Law has an exemplary reputation for training lawyers, judges, and business persons in Utah and throughout the country. Law students learn from luminaries—from faculty in the classroom, from the distinguished guests who visit campus for lectures and special events, and from educational experiences that advance the College of Law’s mission to serve its community and the nation through the lens of legal education and social justice.

Equally importantly, as the leader the College of Law, the new Dean will play an important role within the University of Utah community—a place home to Nobel-prize winning research, a rich culture of collaboration, and the exciting atmosphere of a flagship university on the rise.

Stories rooted in historical excellence and those yet to be discovered by future students are at the heart of the search for a new dean. Just as students dream of changing the world, the College of Law aspires to provide a world-class legal education that creates limitless opportunity built upon a foundation of the law.

After final interviews, an announcement by the search committee is expected later this winter, with the new Dean assuming his or her role on July 1, 2019.

—Read current Dean Bob Adler’s earlier announcement that he will step into a new role at the College of Law here.