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Dean's Message

Dean's Message

The Law School’s international orientation continues to grow. This summer Khary Hornsby (’05), our international programs director; Michael J. Davis (’72), Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for Minnesota; and I visited Korea to meet with alumni and explore partnerships with law firms, law schools, and multinational companies. Khary and I then held similar meetings in Bangkok, Thailand.

The already strong contingent of international law faculty grew even stronger this year with the addition of Professor Christopher Roberts, an expert on the history and evolution of international human rights. The Law School’s LL.M. class, which has long held constant at 25-30 students, has nearly doubled in size, with 49 LL.M.s from 21 countries bringing a wide range of insights, expertise, and legal backgrounds to our classrooms. Our international exchange programs also continue to grow, with a new exchange at the School of Law in Rio de Janeiro, Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV Direito), Brazil, recently added.

This fall, we announced the formation of two major new institutes, each with a significant international component. On November 11, we launched the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. Its co-directors are Professor Michael Tonry and Professor Antony Duff, who joined the faculty in 2010 from the University of Stirling, Scotland. The Institute, funded with a $7.5 million gift from the Robina Foundation, will bring an international and comparative perspective to its work on criminal law theory, criminal justice policy, and sentencing law and practice. On November 14, the Law School launched a second major institute, the Corporate Institute. Under the directorship of Professor John Matheson, it brings new breadth and depth to the Law School’s many law and business programs. One of the Corporate Institute’s new initiatives will be an LL.M. program in law and business, designed to provide unique business-focused opportunities for foreign lawyers.

As we continue to build our international programs and connections, we hope you will keep in touch, offer advice, and help us identify new opportunities.

Best wishes for the fast-approaching holiday season.

David Wippman
Dean and William S. Pattee Professor of Law