Follow on Position

I have received numerous inquiries about what law deans do after they end their deanship. A number move to a faculty position at the law school where they served as dean, some assume a new deanship at another law school, while others retire completely from academia. In addition, law deans might assume a position in a university and continue their leadership on a broader scale. Others might enter private practice or work for a business or non-profit organization. This section of the RDD answers the question of what law deans do after their deanship and gathers data going forward for those deans who ended their deanship in 2021.

Post Employment Start Year Dean
Business/Non-Profit 2021 Staudt, Nancy
Dean Staudt has accepted a position as the Frank and Marcia Carlucci Dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School and vice president for innovation at RAND, a California-based research and public policy organization.
Law School Dean 2021 Crawford, Colin
Dean Crawford became the Dean at Golden Gate University School of Law in the summer of 2021.
Law School Dean 2021 Dickerson, Darby
Dean Dickerson became the dean at Southwestern School of Law on July 1, 2021.
Law School Dean 2021 Faulkner, B. Keith
Dean Faulkner became the Dean of Appalachian School of Law on July 1
Law School Dean 2021 Kaufman, Michael
Dean Kaufman became the Dean at Santa Clara School of Law on July 1
Law School Dean 2021 Osofsky, Hari M.
Dean Osofsky became the dean at Northwestern Law on August 1, 2021.
Law School Faculty 2021 Anaya, S. James
Dean Anaya moved to the Faculty.
Law School Faculty 2021 Barnes, Mario
Dean Barnes returns to UC Irvine School of Law as a faculty member where formerly he was a professor and senior associate dean for academic affairs.
Law School Faculty 2021 Bierman, Luke
Following a sabbatical Dean Bierman will return to the faculty at Elon Law.
Law School Faculty 2021 Christiansen, Eric
Professor Christiansen returned to the faculty in the summer of 2021 after serving as the interim dean.
Law School Faculty 2021 Dalton, Margaret
Dean Dalton became the Vice Dean and returned to the faculty as a Professor of Law after serving as the interim dean.
Law School Faculty 2021 Dinerstein, Robert
After serving as the Interim Dean, Professor Dinerstein returned to the Faculty.
Law School Faculty 2021 Dussias, Allison
After serving as the interim dean, Allison Dussias returned to the faculty and to her position as Associate Dean.
Law School Faculty 2021 Entzeroth, Lyn
Dean Entzeroth returned to the Faculty.
Law School Faculty 2021 Han, Anna
Professor Anna Han returned to the faculty at Santa Clara after serving as the Interim Dean.
Law School Faculty 2021 Hellwig, Brant
Dean Hellwig is now a Professor of Law on the Faculty.
Law School Faculty 2021 Jacobs, Melanie
Professor Jacobs returned to the faculty after serving as the interim dean.
Law School Faculty 2021 Kirgis, Paul
Dean Kirgis will move to the faculty following his resignation as dean.
Law School Faculty 2021 Long, Jerrold
Dean Long retuned to the Faculty after serving as Dean.
Law School Faculty 2021 Lopez, David
Dean Lopez moved to the Faculty.
Law School Faculty 2021 McHenry, Thomas
Dean McHenry became Dean Emeritus and returned to the faculty as a Professor of Law.
Law School Faculty 2021 Milhizer, Eugene R.
Dean Milhizer returned to the faculty in the summer of 2021 after serving as the dean and later the interim dean.
Law School Faculty 2021 Parlow, Matthew
Dean Parlow assumed the position of Executive Vice President / CAO, Parker S. Kennedy Professor of Law at Chapman Law effective December 1.
Law School Faculty 2021 Prager, Susan Westerberg
Dean Prager moved to the Faculty after having served as the Dean at Southwestern.
Law School Faculty 2021 Schnably, Stephen J.
Interim Dean Schnably returned to the Faculty.
Law School Faculty 2021 Sylvester, Douglas J.
Dean Sylvester joined the faculty as Research Professor.
Law School Faculty 2021 Taylor, John
After serving as the Interim Dean, Professor Taylor is now on the Faculty.
Law School Faculty 2021 Varona, Anthony
Professor Varona moved to the Faculty after serving as Dean.
Law School Faculty 2021 Wolf, Leslie E.
Professor Wolf returned to the Faculty after having served as Interim Dean.
Politics 2021 Brown, Scott P.
Dean Brown (former U.S. Senator) plans to re-engage in the political arena.
Retirement 2021 Bilek, Mary Lu
Dean Bilek left CUNY Law School after ending her deanship.
Retirement 2021 Crocker, Phyllis L.
Dean Crocker is retiring.
Retirement 2021 Hamilton, Daniel
Dean Hamilton retired from the law school.
Retirement 2021 McClanahan, Virginia
University Official 2021 Cox, Cathy
Dean Cox is the President of Georgia College and State University as of 10/1/2021
University Official 2021 Humphrey, Reed
Interim Dean Reed Humphrey continued his position as Acting Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs at the University of Montana.
University Official 2021 Mandel, Gregory
Dean Mandell became the Interim Provost at Temple University on August 25, 2021 replacing former Temple Law Dean JoAnne Epps.
University Official 2021 Penalver, Eduardo
Dean Penalver became the President of Seattle University on July 1, 2021.
University Official 2021 Richardson, L. Song
Dean Richardson will become the President of Colorado College.
University Official 2021 Rougeau, Vincent D.
Dean Rougeau departed to assume the presidency of the College of the Holy Cross.
Death 2022 Lewis, Browne
Dean Lewis died on June 3, 2022.
Law School Associate/Assistant Dean 2022 Capulong, Eduardo R. C.
Dean Capulong returns to his position as Associate Dean and Professor of Law following his tenure as interim dean.
Law School Associate/Assistant Dean 2022 Dussias, Allison
Interim Dean Dussias returned to her position as Associate Dean and Professor of Law
Law School Associate/Assistant Dean 2022 Martins, Joseph J.
Dean Martins returned to his previous position as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Law, Director of the Constitutional Litigation Clinic of Liberty Law
Law School Associate/Assistant Dean 2022 McCormick, Elizabeth
Dean McCormick returned to her former position as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Clinical Professor of Law at Tulsa Law following her service as interim dean.
Law School Associate/Assistant Dean 2022 Spanbauer, Julie M.
Interim Dean Spanbauer returned to the administration as the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at Illinois-Chicago.
Law School Dean 2022 Alexandre, Michele
Dean Michelle Alexandre leaves Stetson Law to become the Dean at Loyola (Chicago) Law
Law School Dean 2022 Parrish, Austen
Dean Parrish will become the dean at California Irvine Law School in August 2022.
Law School Dean 2022 Setty, Sudha N.
Dean Setty will become the Dean at CUNY Law.
Law School Dean 2022 Smolla, Rodney
Dean Smolla became the President of Vermont Law School.
Law School Faculty 2022 Blaze, Douglas A.
Dean Blaze will return to the Tennessee law faculty after serving as the interim dean.
Law School Faculty 2022 Chodorow, Adam
Dean Chodorow returned to the faculty at Arizona State College of Law after serving as the interim co-dean.
Law School Faculty 2022 Clark, Annette
Dean Clark returns to the law faculty at Seattle.
Law School Faculty 2022 Drumbl, Michelle L.
Dean Drumbl returns to the Washington & Lee law faculty after serving as the interim dean.
Law School Faculty 2022 Farnsworth, Ward
Dean Farnsworth moves to the Texas law faculty as the W. Page Keeton Chair in Tort Law.
Law School Faculty 2022 Morrison, Trevor
Dean Morrison returned to the faculty and was named Dean Emeritus.
Law School Faculty 2022 Newton , Nell J.
Dean Newton joined the faculty at Notre Dame Law School following her deanship at Miami.
Law School Faculty 2022 Peters, Christopher J. (C.J.)
Dean Peters will join the faculty at Akron Law.
Law School Faculty 2022 Smith, Cathay Y. N.
Dean Smith will return to the law faculty at Montana after a sabbatical.
Law School Faculty 2022 Smith, Lars S.
Dean Smith returns to the faculty at Louisville following his service as interim dean.
Law School Faculty 2022 Strickland, III, Henry C.
Dean Strickland returns to the faculty at Cumberland Scool of Law following his deanship.
Other 2022 Gordon, Sara
TBA
Other 2022 McCormack, Beth
TBA
Other 2022 Mills, Monte
Other opportunities.
Other 2022 Pareja, Sergio
TBA
Other 2022 Rinfret, Sara
Other opportunities.
Retirement 2022 Bennett, Patricia
Dean Bennett will retire from Mississippi College School of Law.
University Official 2022 Collins, Jennifer M.
Dean Collins will be assuming the presidency of Rhodes College in Memphis.
University Official 2022 McCabe, Margaret Sova
Dean McCabe accepted a position as Senior Advisor for Strategic Projects at the University of Arkansas effective January 2022.
University Official 2022 Mnookin, Jennifer
Left the UCLA deanship to become Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin--Madison.
University Official 2022 Vischer, Robert K.
Dean Vischer was appointed as the St. Thomas interim president.