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New Dean at Indiana University School of Law

Andrew Klein is the new dean at Indiana University School of Law. Klein is currently a professor at the law school, located in Indianapolis, IN

Klein will start his dean post at the law school on July 1, 2013. The law school is known in Indiana as the Robert McKinney School of Law. Klein’s appointment needs to be approved by the board of trustees at the university.

Klein started working at the law school in 2000. His new position will have him grappling at the employment figures facing law school students, the worries involving bar passage rates, and keeping the law school up in rankings so the applicant pool will remain large. He will also work on issues involving research, civic involvement, and strategy in getting students practice ready.

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Klein was on the faculty for eight years at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law before joining Indiana University. Klein, age 50, has participated in administration at Indiana University since 2010. He serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He oversees the law school’s intercollegiate athletics program. Klein has garnered seven student teaching awards. He received the Black Cane Award from the student body in 2004.

The law school is situated in downtown Indianapolis, where many attorneys of law firms, corporations, and nonprofits graduated from Indiana University. The school has stayed alive for over 100 years and pummels out 11,000 graduates. Some of the graduates move on to live in foreign countries and other states. Klein will be the law school’s 12th dean.

Before teaching law, Klein practiced law with the Chicago office of Sidley & Austin. He worked on cases involving products liability litigation focusing on pharmaceutical products. Klein got his B.A. with distinction in journalism and economics from the University of Wisconsin. He earned his J.D. with distinction from Emory University School of Law. During law school, he was a Robert W. Woodruff Fellow in Law. He also showed high academics as editor-in-chief of the Emory Law Journal.

He began his legal career as a law clerk. Klein worked for one year with Judge Joseph W. Hatchett of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Klein is a member of the Illinois bar.

Besides teaching law, Klein serves as Reporter for the Seventh Circuit United States Court of Appeals Civil Jury Instructions Committee. Klein has written articles for law journals, and is co-author of a casebook, Torts: Cases, Problems and Exercises, published by Anderson Publishing Co. in 2003.

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