The Board of Trustees of the University of Delaware authorized the school's administration to move forward with plans to open a law school on its Newark campus, starting in the fall of 2015. The next step is a feasibility study and development of a business plan. The school is targeting a first class of about 200 students. This would be the state's second law school. Widener University School of Law has a Wilmington campus.
Jeffry Lehman, chancellor and founding dean of the Peking University School of Transnational Law, got some bad news this weekend. The Council of the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar voted the following resolution regarding the section's Report of Special Committee on Foreign Law Schools Seeking Approval under ABA Standards:
Consistent with the first recommendation of the Kane Committee report and in view of the comments received by the Council with respect to that report, I move that the Council continue with its consideration of the approval of foreign law schools and engage in our consideration appropriate public and private stakeholders, for example, the Conference of Chief Justices, state bar examiners, legal educators, representatives of the legal profession, and public officials. Until the Council has fully vetted the issue as to whether to expand the accreditation role of the Section to encompass law schools located outside of the U.S. and its territories, the section will not proceed with consideration of any application for provisional approval from a foreign law school.
I've posted a bit more on the issue at the Faculty Lounge.
During September, October, and November 2010, there were zero faculty moves reported on this blog. During the same time period in 2009, there were four such moves reported. During the same time period in 2008, there were six such moves. During the same time period in 2007, there were eight such moves noted. Obviously, fall is never the busy season for lateral moves to become official, but the trend does seem clear, even allowing for the small sample size.
Paul McGreal, Director of Faculty Development and Professor of Law at Southern Illinois University, has been named the new dean of the University of Dayton School of Law, effective this summer. McGreal joined the SIU faculty in 2006. Previously he was on the faculty at the South Texas College of Law. He received his JD from SMU and his LLM from Yale. This news, along with Villanova's hiring of John Gotanda (JD, Hawaii), is consistent with my earlier suggestion that decanal search committees take a relatively ecumenical view toward JD pedigree (at least as compared to faculty appointments committees).