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June 09, 2011 Practice Points

Impressive Number of Women Recently Selected as Law School Deans

By Sabrina C. Beavens

In the last few months, women were chosen for approximately 40% of the available law dean positions, according to The National Law Journal.  This figure is remarkable considering that just two years ago an ABA report reflected that 62% of assistant dean positions were held by women compared to only 21% of law dean positions.  The most recent example of this trend is the selection of Darby Dickerson to lead Texas Tech University School of Law.  Dean Dickerson is the current dean at Stetson University School of Law, and her departure creates an opportunity for a woman to lead that law school.  Other women recently appointed as law deans include:


• Margaret Raymond (University of Wisconsin Law School)

• Stacy Leeds (University of Arkansas School of Law)

• Annette Clark (Saint Louis University School of Law)

• Jane Korn (Gonzaga University School of Law)

• Maria Pabon Lopez (Loyola University New Orleans School of Law)

• Deanell Tacha (Pepperdine University School of Law)

• Wendy Perdue (University of Richmond School of Law)

Sabrina C. Beavens works at Iurillo & Associates, P.A. in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and St. Petersburg, Florida.