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UA Announces Search Committee For New Law School Dean

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The University of Arkansas on Monday announced the appointment of Todd Shields, dean of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences, to chair the search committee for the new dean of the UA School of Law.

The committee will seek a successor to Stacy Leeds, who has led the school since 2011. She will continue as dean until at least June 30 and then will remain at the school as a professor of law and in her role as interim vice chancellor for economic development.

The committee plans to begin reviewing applications this fall. Applications submitted by Nov. 30 will be given full consideration. More information about the position is available here.

In addition to Shields, the search committee also includes:

  • John Alford, law school alumnus, co-chair of the Law School Campaign Arkansas committee and an attorney at Alford Law Firm.
  • Carl Circo, Ben J. Altheimer professor of legal advocacy.
  • Patti Cox, senior director of development and external relations at the school.
  • Caroline Currier, law school student liaison.
  • Uché Ewelukwa Ofodile, E.J. Ball professor of law.
  • Will Foster, associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of law.
  • Sara Gosman, assistant professor of law.
  • Mary Beth Matthews, Sidney Parker Davis Jr. professor of business and commercial law.
  • Tiffany Murphy, associate professor of law.
  • Karen Roberts, law school alumna and executive vice president and general counsel of Walmart.
  • Susan Schneider, William H. Enfield professor of law.

The process the committee must follow is outlined here

Appointed in 2011, Leeds came to the UA from the University of Kansas School of Law, where she was interim associate dean for academic affairs, professor of law and director of the Tribal Law and Government Center. A citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Leeds is the first American Indian woman to serve as dean of a law school.

Under her leadership, the school has been named among the top 20 best values in legal education since 2011 – and top 10 since 2013 – by National Jurist magazine.

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