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Robert Schapiro named law school dean at Emory University

Emory University School of Law
April 27, 2012
Robert A. Schapiro, a leading constitutional law scholar and former clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, has been appointed dean and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Emory University School of Law, effective May 3, 2012.

A member of the Emory Law faculty since 1995, Schapiro has served as interim dean during the past academic year and previously served as associate vice provost for academic affairs of Emory University and co-director of Emory Law’s Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance. An expert on federalism and state constitutional law, Schapiro teaches courses in constitutional law, federal courts, civil procedure, and legislation and regulation. He is the recipient of numerous teaching and scholarly awards, including the Emory Williams Teaching Award and Ben F. Johnson Faculty Excellence Award.

“Robert brings to the role superb academic and legal credentials as well as strong administrative experience,” says Emory Provost Earl Lewis. “He has been sought after by law schools across the country for both academic and leadership roles. He is recognized for his innovative thinking and his ability to integrate cutting-edge academic research with teaching so that students develop practical skills in the law. We are happy he will continue to make Emory his home.”

"I have never been as excited about the future of Emory Law School as I am right now with the potential for years of distinguished leadership from Robert Schapiro," says Ben F. Johnson III, chair of Emory's Board of Trustees. "Emory has never had a law school dean who is as credentialed in so many different ways, whether it's his academic performance, clerking at the U.S. Supreme Court, or the quality of his scholarship. Robert is superbly qualified to lead Emory Law School to the full potential that it has had and will continue to have. I'm excited that he's got plenty of running room and time to do it."

“The ability of the law to effect transformation in people’s lives, making the world a more just place, is what makes this work so important and so exciting,” says Schapiro. “Lawyers and law schools are central to promoting the rule of law and human rights around the world. In the years ahead, their role will only grow, as we engage some of the most complex social, political and economic challenges we have ever faced.”
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