Four finalists announced for Seattle University School of Law deanship

The Dean Search Committee at Seattle University School of Law is delighted to announce four finalists for the deanship. The committee was impressed by their outstanding records of academic achievement, administrative experience, and their enthusiastic embrace of the law school's mission to educate outstanding lawyers who are leaders for a just and humane world. The committee reviewed dozens of applications and nominations. These four stood out among the highly qualified pool.

The finalists are:

Karen Brown

Karen BrownKaren Brown is the Phillip Rothschild Research Professor of Law at George Washington University School of Law. She has also served as a professor at Brooklyn Law School and the University of Minnesota, where she was the Julius E. Davis Professor of Law and served as associate dean for academic affairs. Before beginning her teaching career, Brown was a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, and an associate at Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C. Her teaching and scholarship interests are in the areas of income, corporate, and international taxation. She has co-authored a book on international tax transactions and co-edited a book on tax reform, written numerous articles and book chapters, and delivered many presentations on federal taxation. She earned her J.D. and LL.M. from New York University.

Michele Bratcher Goodwin

Michelle GoodwinMichele Bratcher Goodwin is the Everett Fraser Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota. She holds joint appointments at the University of Minnesota Medical School and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Goodwin researches and teaches in the areas of torts, property, biotechnology, bioethics, and identity. Her scholarship on baby markets, judicial formalism, law and status, organ procurement, assisted reproduction, reproductive politics, family immunity in tort law, and medical negligence have informed the debate on those issues. She is the author of several books, including Black Markets: The Supply and Demand of Human Body Parts, Baby Markets, The Black Body: Reading, (Re)Writing, and (Re) Imagining, and Biotechnology and Bioethics (forthcoming in 2010). For several years prior to joining the University of Minnesota faculty, Goodwin directed an elite health law program at DePaul University, ranked among the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report. She is a graduate of Boston College Law School and earned an LL.M. from the University of Wisconsin.

Barbara J. Holden-Smith

Holden SmithBarbara J. Holden-Smith is vice dean and professor of law at Cornell Law School and director of its Summer Law Institute in Suzhou, China. She is recognized for her groundbreaking work in Supreme Court history and practice, and currently teaches conflicts, federal courts, civil procedure, advanced civil procedure, and African Americans and the Supreme Court. She clerked for the Honorable Ann C. Williams of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Professor Holden-Smith then joined the Washington, D.C. law firm of Arnold & Porter, where she worked for three years in litigation, antitrust, and food and drug law, before she joined the Cornell Law School faculty in 1990. Her scholarship has addressed the legal response to lynching and the fugitive-slave cases. Her scholarly interests include global access to justice and legal and political responses to historical injustices. She is a graduate of University of Chicago Law School.

Mark Niles

Mark NilesMark Niles is associate dean for faculty and academic affairs and professor at American University Washington College of Law. He teaches and specializes in civil procedure, administrative law, constitutional law, governmental liability, and law and literature. Niles has published numerous articles and essays on subjects including the Ninth Amendment, federal tort liability, airline security regulation, the first decade of the tenure of Justice Clarence Thomas, and the depiction of law and justice in American popular culture. Prior to joining the American University faculty, he was clerk for the Honorable Francis Murnaghan, Jr. of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, was an associate at the D.C. firm of Hogan and Hartson, and a staff attorney in the civil appellate division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he argued cases in several federal circuit courts. He serves as the Reporter for the Maryland Civil Pattern Jury Instructions Committee of the Maryland State Bar Association. He is a graduate of Stanford Law School.

All four will visit Seattle University in the coming weeks, and details will be announced at on our dean search page.

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