Korematsu Center

Promoting Diversity in Law School Leadership Workshop

Seattle University School of Law through its Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, University of Washington School of Law, and the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), offer this biennial workshop to encourage and assist members of underrepresented groups to pursue deanships and other university and law school leadership positions. The workshop will help you

  • Determine whether you want to be a dean and find the right time and place to pursue a deanship;
  • Understand the nuts and bolts of the dean's role;
  • Prepare yourself to be a successful dean candidate;
  • Learn how to negotiate the terms of your appointment and ensure a successful transition to the decanal role;
  • Determine what other forms of university and law school leadership roles may be right for you.

This workshop is suggested not only for those considering deaning, but also for those who are planning an upcoming dean search and for those who work closely with the dean, including associate deans.

For more information, contact Junsen Ohno at ohnoj@seattleu.edu or call (206) 398-4283.

3rd Biennial Promoting Diversity in Law School Leadership

September 23-24, 2011

Registration

Fee includes workshop materials and meals.

Early bird registration received by August 31, 2011:

$250 for SALT members

$350 for non-members of SALT

Registration received after August 31, 2011:

$300 for SALT members

$400 for non-members of SALT

On-site registration:

$375 for SALT members

$475 for non-members of SALT

Register online or download the registration form.

Schedule

Conference Schedule

Friday, September 23, 2011
8 - 9 a.m. Breakfast

First floor, Sullivan Hall
9 - 9:15 a.m. Welcome & Introduction
Room 110, Sullivan Hall

Mark Niles
Dean, Seattle University School of Law
9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Session 1: What and Why: Deciding to Become a Dean
Room 110, Sullivan Hall

What is the dean's job? What are the key areas of decanal responsibility? What are the rewards and challenges of deaning? When is the right time?

Moderator
Angela Onwuachi-Willig 
  Charles M. And Marion J. Professor of Law
  The University of Iowa College of Law
Speakers
Mark C. Niles
  Dean, Seattle University School of Law
Nell Jessup Newton
  Dean, University of Notre Dame Law School
Kimberly A. Yuracko
  Interim Dean, Northwestern University School of Law
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. - noon Session 2: Where and How: Succeeding in the Selection Process
Room 110, Sullivan Hall

Which deanship is the right one for you? What career strategies make one an attractive candidate?d How do you get into the pool of potential candidates? What are committees or search firms looking for? How can you succeed as a candidate? What are schools really looking for in selecting a dean? What should you know about interviewing, campus visits, the job talk, and meetings with the university leadership and other stakeholders?

Moderator
Fabio Arcila, Jr.
  Professor of Law, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
Speakers
Stacy L. Leeds
  Dean, The University of Arkansas School of Law
Jane Korn
  Dean, Gonzaga University School of Law
María Pabón López,
  Dean, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 
noon - 1:45 p.m. Lunch Roundtable
Room 110, Sullivan Hall

Using Associate Deans Effectively: A Roundtable Discussion

Moderator
Adele Morrison,
  Associate Professor of Law, Wayne State University
Speakers
Jose Gabilondo,
  Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
  Florida International University College of Law
Natasha Martin
  Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development
Catherine E. Smith
  Associate Dean of Institutional Diversity and Inclusiveness
  University of Denver Sturm College of Law
1:45 - 3 p.m. Session 3: Accepting the Job and Key First Steps
Room 110, Sullivan Hall

"Be careful what you wish for!" What should you be thinking about and negoatiating for if you get an offer? What are key first steps for a newly-appointed dean?

Moderator
Beverly Moran
  Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School
Speakers
John Y. Gotanda
  Dean, Villanova University School of Law
Blake Morant
  Dean, Wake Forest University School of Law
Kent D. Syverud
  Dean, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
3 - 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 - 5 p.m. Session 4: Institutional Priorities and the Budget
Room 110, Sullivan Hall

What are successful models of a balance between faculty governance and decanal authority? How do you keep the university on your side? How can you keep the alumni engaged and involved? What are the techniques for cultivating the bench and the bar? How to interact with AALS and ABA?

How to identify and articulate institutional goals and priorities.  How to "put the money where the mouth is."  What is the process and structure of the budget?  How to best manage the budget allocations.

Moderator
Trina Jones, Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law
Speakers
Richard Bird
  Associate Dean for Finance and Administration
  Seattle University School of Law
Elliott Milstein
Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
5 - 6 p.m. Reception
2nd Floor Gallery, Sullivan Hall

Remarks from
Robert S. Chang,
  Executive director of Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality
   Associate Dean, Development and Faculty Research

Co-presidents of SALT
Raquel Aldana
  Professor of Law, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
Steve Bender
  Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law
Saturday, September 24, 2011
8 - 9 a.m. Breakfast
First floor, Sullivan Hall
9 - 10:15 a.m. Session 5: Decanal Interface with Different Constituencies and Stake-Holders
Room 110, Sullivan Hall

What are successful models of a balance between faculty governance and decanal authority?  How do you keep the university on your side.  How can you keep the alumni engaged and involved?  What are the techniques for cultivating the bench and the bar?  How to interact with AALS and ABA?

Moderator
Peggie R. Smith
  Charles Nagel Professor of Employment & Labor Law
  Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
Speakers
Adrienne Davis
  Vice Provost, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
Joan W. Howarth
  Dean, Michigan State University College of Law
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 - noon Session 6: Where is the Money?
Room 110, Sullivan Hall

How to secure and enhance revenue generation streams. How best to interface with the university and legislators. What are successful development strategies for different schools? What are common mistakes that should be avoided?

Moderator
Robert S. Chang
  Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development
  Seattle University School of Law
Speakers
Gail Agrawal
  Dean, University of Iowa College of Law
Kellye Y. Testy
  Dean, University Washington School of Law
John White
  Dean, University of Nevada in Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law
Noon - 1:45 p.m. Lunch Roundtable
Room 110, Sullivan Hall

SALT Values and Law School Leadership - A Roundtable Conversation

Moderator
Robert S. Chang
  Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development
  Seattle University School of Law
Speakers
Raquel Aldana
  Professor of Law, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
Steve Bender
  Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law
Joan Howarth
  Dean, Michigan State University College of Law
Kellye Y. Testy
  Dean, University of Washington School of Law
John White, Dean
  University of Nevada in Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law

End of Conference

Sponsored by: Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, Seattle University School of Law; University of Washington School of Law; and the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT).

Hotels, Restaurants, & Other Logistics

Travel Information

Seattle/Tacoma International Airport (airline service provided by all major airlines)

Seattle University is located approximately 15 miles north of Seattle Tacoma International Airport, about a 20-30-minute drive depending upon traffic.

  • From I-5 (northbound from SeaTac Airport)

Take the James St. exit off I-5 (exit 164A). Turn right on James street and follow past Broadway. Before you reach 12th Avenue turn right onto the 11th Avenue roadway. The visitor parking lot information booth will be directly ahead. Stop for parking information and campus directions.

Seattle University School of Law is located in Sullivan Hall on the south end of the campus. The law school is physically located on the corner of 12th Avenue & East Columbia Street.

Other Driving Directions

Seattle University Campus Map

Hotel Information

Silver Cloud – Broadway, located across the street from Seattle University and a 5-minute walk to Seattle University School of Law. Rooms are available at special rates: $149/night for a single king bed and $159/night for rooms with two queen beds; parking and tax are not included. Call 1-800-590-1801 when making reservations.  You must specify: “Promoting Diversity in Deanships” in order to get the special rate by Monday, August 29, 2011.  Online booking is possible by following the instructions
here.

Hotel address:
1100 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122
1-800-590-1801

Restaurant Information 

Seattle is home to many award-winning restaurants.  Please use this restaurant guide to view our recommendations.


For a more extensive list of hotels in Seattle, or if you have additional logistical questions, please contact Junsen Ohno at ohnoj@seattleu.edu or (206) 398-4283.

Resources

Resources from 1st Biennial Workshop

September 25 - 26, 2009

The First Biennial Workshop on Promoting Diversity in Law School Leadership was sponsored by the Seattle University School of Law and the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) and was held in Seattle, Washington, on September 28-29, 2007. A number of panelists as well as select proceedings were published in the Seattle University Law Review. These materials may be of interest to those interested in pursuing a law school leadership position.

Encouraging Diversity in Law School Deanships
Kellye Y. Testy

Deaning for Whom? Means and Ends in Legal Education
Hon. Kristin Booth Glen

Recruiting Sexual Minorities and People with Disabilities to be Dean
Joan W. Howarth

Be Careful What you Wish for: Succeeding in the Dean Candidate Pool
Gail B. Agrawal

Leading Change in Legal Education: Good News for Diversity
Antoinette Sedillo Lopez

Knowing Which Deanship is the Right One
R. Lawrence Dessem

Succeeding in the Candidate Pool: Resources Available for Persons Interested in Becoming a Law School Dean
David A. Brennan

Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Find me the Perfect (Decanal) Match
William B.T. Mock

Commentary

Deciding to Become a Dean
Kevin R. Johnson
Peter Alexander
Linda Ammons

Understanding the Dean's Job
Barry R. Vickery

Succeeding in the Candidate Pool
W. H. Knight

Accepting the Job and First Key Steps
Linda Crane
Edward Rubin
Aviam Soifer