LAW SCHOOL DEAN STEPS DOWN
Dean Robert Ackerman has announced that he will not seek reappointment to another five-year term as dean of the Wayne State University Law School this spring. Instead, he will return to Wayne State as a full-time professor in fall 2013. Dean Ackerman has informed me that he will be leaving as dean effective November 28, 2012, the last day of law classes this semester, and has asked that I designate someone to take on his administrative responsibilities immediately.
I am grateful for the nearly five years of service Dean Ackerman has provided to the university. During his tenure he has led the Law School in the development of a new Transnational Environmental Law Clinic, an Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic, and a Program for International Legal Studies. He has secured funding for Public Interest Law Fellowships, and has assisted in strengthening the Law School’s faculty by hiring a number of outstanding legal scholars and practitioners. Just over a year ago, Dean Ackerman presided over the grand opening ceremony for the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, a project he and a number of Wayne Law faculty members, alumni and friends helped make a reality.
John Rothchild, associate dean and associate professor of law, will serve as acting dean until an interim dean is named. The search for a permanent dean will begin soon. Rothchild, who received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, has been a member of the Wayne Law faculty since 2001.
Ronald T. Brown
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
November 1, 2012