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Academia and Becoming a Dean

Presented by Danielle R. Holley-Walker and Michael Hunter Schwartz

Note: This is not for CLE. Live webinars are free and open to the public. The recordings and materials are available to ABA members only.


The Career Choice Series is designed to help you choose your career path. Whether you’re a law student, young lawyer, or transitioning attorney, find out what it’s like to work in various practice areas and the best way to position yourself to get there.

In this segment, our speakers share their pathways into a career in legal academia. From managing law school finances and initiating fundraising efforts to overseeing faculty and staff and serving as the face of their institution, a law school dean must wear multiple hats as they balance the law school’s values and influence with market forces often beyond their control. Dean Danielle Holley-Walker an Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz share an overview on how to begin a career in legal academia, what it takes to become a Dean, and how their careers have evolved in the pursuit of their current positions.

Working in academia.

Working in academia.


Danielle R. Holley-Walker, Professor of Law and Dean, Howard University School of Law, Washington, D.C.

Michael Hunter Schwartz, Dean and Professor of Law, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, CA

Lexie Heinemann, Program Associate, ABA Career Center, Chicago, IL

Sponsored by ABA Career CenterYoung Lawyers DivisionLaw Student Division, and Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar

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