Hiram E. Chodosh Named New Dean of S.J. Quinney College of Law

Hiram E. Chodosh has been appointed the new dean of the S.J. QuinneyCollege of Law at the University of Utah. Chodosh comes to the U fromthe School of Law at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland,Ohio, where he is the Joseph C. Hostetler – Baker & HostetlerProfessor of Law and serves as associate dean for academic affairs. “Weare extraordinarily fortunate in hiring Hiram Chodosh. He is aninternationally recognized legal scholar and administrator who bringsan exceptional breadth and depth of experience to the S.J. QuinneyCollege of Law. His guidance and leadership will be foundational inmoving our College of Law into the elite of public universities inAmerica,” said University of Utah President Michael K Young.

Professor Chodosh, who will assume the deanship on July 1, 2006, is”excited and impressed by the U’s outstanding and collaborativeleadership team; the enthusiasm, talent, and ambition of the faculty,students, and staff; the commitment, entrepreneurship, and generosityof the community; and a most spectacular setting for the constructionof a new law school building.” Chodosh will focus on expanding the U’sglobal programs, developing professional opportunities for students,integrating the innovative use of technology, and promotinginterdisciplinary research and training.

A graduate of Wesleyan University (with high honors in history) andYale Law School, Chodosh practiced with the international firm ofCleary, Gottlieb in New York City before joining the faculty at Case in1993. Winner of the distinguished teacher award in 2000, he has taughta series of innovative international courses, including a first-yearcourse in global perspectives and a lab in comparative judicial reform.Upon learning that Professor Chodosh would be leaving Case, Dean GeraldKorngold wished his colleague well. “We at Case Western Reserve willtruly miss Hiram and wish him the very best. Hiram is one of the greatinnovators in American legal education, and he is able to bring peopletogether around exciting ideas. I know he will be a great success asdean at Utah,” said Korngold.

In his service capacity atCase, Professor Chodosh has helped to develop seven curricularconcentrations, new leadership opportunities for students, advancedresearch programs, interdisciplinary courses, and new skills trainingand public service learning formats. Chodosh also developed a broadarray of global justice programs and conferences as director of theFrederick K. Cox International Law Center from 1998 to 2003, and hasserved on several key strategic university committees at Case.

An internationally recognized expert in comparative and global justicereform, Chodosh has hands-on experience in over 20 countries. He hasserved as a senior reporter on several State Department reform studies(since 1993), a consultant on judicial reform for the InternationalMonetary Fund (since 1999), and an advisor to the World Bank’s JusticeReform Group (since 2005). A Fulbright Senior Scholar (India, 2003),Chodosh has delivered over 100 public presentations at home and abroad,including a workshop on constitutional design and implementation forover 40 Iraqi legal academics in July 2004. Chodosh is a renownedauthor of over 30 articles, essays, book chapters, and 30 specialreports. His latest book, Global Justice Reform: A ComparativeMethodology, was published last year by NYU Press.

Colleagues who have worked with Professor Chodosh over the years say hehas demonstrated the ability needed to succeed as dean at the S.J.Quinney College of Law. “Hiram Chodosh is a natural leader in any groupof legal professionals and scholars. A man of uncommon talent, energy,and decency, he is a zephyr of fresh air blowing in from the east. Hewill bring out the very best in his colleagues, students, andcommunity,” said Peter H. Schuck, Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law,Yale Law School. Guido Calabresi, 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals judgeand former dean of Yale Law School, says the University’s searchcommittee made a wise choice. “Hiram Chodosh has all the qualitiesneeded to be a superb dean. He is smart, generous, and has the visionit takes to lead a great law school. He should be just wonderful, and Iam delighted that the University of Utah has successfully recruitedhim,” said Judge Calabresi.

The University of Utah conducteda nationwide search for a new dean; Professor Chodosh was selected froman exceptionally strong group of candidates from major law schoolsacross the country. Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs David W.Pershing says Chodosh received wide support during the interviewprocess. “He was the unanimous choice of the search committee, theUniversity leadership, and all of the constituent groups including thefaculty, staff and students of the S.J. Quinney Law School, as well asthe legal community,” said Pershing.

Professor Chodoshsucceeds Scott M. Matheson, Jr. who is stepping down at the end of thisacademic year to pursue other interests and go back to teaching lawfull time. “This law school has been an important part of my life for avery long time, so I am very pleased that someone of Hiram Chodosh’smany accomplishments and talents will succeed me and continue to takethe law school forward,” said Matheson.

Matheson has beendean for the past eight years. During his successful tenure as dean, hehelped to accomplish several objectives, including recruiting 12tenured faculty members, securing $26 million from the S.J. and JessieE. Quinney Foundation, and initiating the pro bono program. PresidentYoung says Dean Matheson will continue to provide his expertise to thelaw school. “The University is fortunate to have benefited from thewise leadership and stellar scholarship of Scott Matheson. Under hisleadership the quality of both the faculty and the students has grown,as has the financial base for the College of Law. We are pleased thathe will continue to be a significant contributor to the University aswe move forward,” said President Young.