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New Deans Announced at Two Law Schools

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Quinnipiac University School of Law announced that Jennifer Gerarda Brown has been hired as the school’s new dean. She will take over the position on July 1, according to the CT Post-Chronicle.

“Jennifer was selected from a pool of outstanding applicants following an extensive national search,” said Quinnipiac President John L. Lahey, in a press release. “Quinnipiac is fortunate to have someone with Jennifer’s extensive teaching, research, administrative and legal experience to serve as the next dean of the School of Law.”

Brown joined the school in 1994 as a professor and is the Carmen Tortora Professor of Law. For close to 15 years, Brown has been the director of the School of Law’s Center on Dispute Resolution.

“I am extremely excited to be stepping into the deanship at Quinnipiac,” Brown said. “There is so much at Quinnipiac to value. Under Brad Saxton’s leadership, our sense of community and student service has only strengthened, and I plan to maintain that focus. We will be looking for new ways to work with our students as they plan their careers and find their core sense of purpose as problem-solving professionals.”

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Brown’s first project will be moving the school from its Mount Carmel Campus in Hamden to the North Haven Campus.

“The opening of the medical school in the fall of 2013 will give us some fantastic opportunities for cross-disciplinary learning,” Brown said.

“Jennifer is well known and highly regarded in the legal community as a result of her work with Connecticut judges, lawyers and legal academics,” Lahey said. “She brings the additional benefit of a demonstrated deep commitment to the law school and its students. I am confident that Jennifer will facilitate the introduction of innovative approaches to legal education that will build on the core strengths of the School of Law.”

In other law school news, Gilbert Holmes was named as the new dean of the University of La Verne College of Law, according to the DiamondBar-Walnut Patch. The announcement was made by University president Devorah Lieberman. Holmes is currently a professor of law and former dean of University of Baltimore School of Law. He will begin his new position on July 1.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Gilbert Holmes to the University of La Verne community,” Lieberman said through a written statement. “The task put before the search committee was to identify the best candidate who could bring vision, energy and commitment to this vital position at the College of Law. They have succeeded in doing just that. His values mirror those of the university’s mission, and his professional strengths and insights make him the right choice at the right time to lead the College of Law.”

University Provost, Dr. Gregory Dewey, said the following in a news release:

“Gilbert Holmes possesses a deep understanding of legal education and extensive administrative experience that will be a tremendous benefit for our students, our faculty and staff, and the local legal community. This is an exciting time for our College of Law and a time of dynamic change for legal education in general. Gil Holmes is uniquely qualified and eminently prepared to develop La Verne Law to be an exemplary, innovative institution.”

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