New Law School Deans Begin Work July 1

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Jun. 11, 2018 12:00 am   1 min read

Theresa Beiner, incoming dean of the Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Margaret Sova McCabe, incoming dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law

Both of Arkansas’ law schools will have new deans when the 2018-19 academic year begins July 1.

Theresa Beiner, currently associate dean for academic affairs, will succeed John DiPippa as dean of the Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Margaret Sova McCabe, a professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, will succeed Stacy Leeds as dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville.

Beiner joined the Bowen School in 1994 and has held numerous positions there, including associate dean for faculty development. She became the school’s first associate dean for faculty development in 2010

Beiner earned a B.A. at the University of Virginia and then studied at Northwestern University School of Law, graduating cum laude in 1989. Before becoming a professor, Beiner practiced civil litigation as an associate attorney for a San Francisco law firm after passing the bar in 1991.

DiPippa, who joined the Bowen faculty in 1983, served as dean from 2008 to 2012 and has been interim dean since July 1, when Michael Schwartz returned to teaching.

While Beiner is the Bowen School’s first female dean, Sova McCabe is the third consecutive female dean at UA.

Sova McCabe joined the University of New Hampshire faculty in 2007 and has been a tenured full professor since 2012. She served as associate dean for academic affairs from 2014-17 and as associate dean for academic administration and special projects from 2012-14.

A graduate of Bard College, Sova McCabe earned her law degree from the University of Maine School of Law in 1995. Before her academic career, she served as an attorney for the New Hampshire Department of Safety and practiced privately. Her predecessor, Leeds, was named interim vice chancellor for economic development at UA in 2017.

 

 

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