Committee named to seek dean of Georgia Law


Writer: Sam Fahmy, 706-583-0727, sfahmy@uga.edu

Committee named to seek dean of UGA School of Law

Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten has appointed a committee to begin a national search to fill the position of dean of the School of Law.

Svein Øie, dean of the College of Pharmacy, will chair the search and screening committee, which includes faculty, staff, student and alumni representatives.

Additional search committee members are:

  • Kathelen Amos, a 1982 Georgia Law graduate, chair of the School of Law Board of Visitors and president of the Aflac Foundation Inc.;
  • Kent Barnett, assistant professor of law;
  • Elizabeth Chamblee Burch, associate professor of law;
  • Julie Carnes, a 1975 Georgia Law graduate and chief judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia;
  • Kellie Casey, director of advocacy for the School of Law;
  • Dan Coenen, University Professor and Harmon W. Caldwell Chair in Constitutional Law;
  • Andrea Dennis, associate professor of law;
  • Evelyn French, class of 2015 Juris Doctor candidate;
  • Erica Hashimoto, associate professor of law;
  • Timothy Meyer, assistant professor of law;
  • David Shipley, Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Law; and
  • Greg Sowell, senior director of law school advancement and adjunct professor of law.

The committee will be assisted by the UGA Search Group in Human Resources.

Rebecca White, who has served as dean of the School of Law since 2003, recently announced that she plans to return to the faculty after 11 years of service as dean.

"Under Dean White's outstanding leadership, the School of Law has seen its stature as one of the nation's top public law schools rise dramatically," Whitten said. "I am delighted that she will continue to serve the university with distinction as a J. Alton Hosch Professor of Law and appreciate her willingness to continue to serve as dean while the national search for her successor is underway."

UGA School of Law

The UGA School of Law was established in 1859 and is consistently regarded as one of the nation's top public law schools. With an accomplished faculty, which includes authors of some of the country's leading legal scholarship, Georgia Law offers three degrees—the Juris Doctor, the Master of Laws in U.S. Law and the Master in the Study of Law—and is home to the renowned Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy. Its advocacy program is one of the nation's best and has won four national championships in moot court and mock trial in 2014 alone. Georgia Law counts six U.S. Supreme Court judicial clerks in the last nine years among its distinguished alumni body of more than 9,700. For more information, see www.law.uga.edu.