Two Graduates Become Law School Deans

Distinguished graduates will lead law programs in Cleveland and Boston

Fall 2011

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Columbia Law School graduates have been named deans at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Suffolk University Law School.

Lawrence E. Mitchell ’81 was appointed dean of the law school at Case Western after serving almost two decades as a professor at the George Washington University Law School, where he was the Theodore Rinehart Professor of Business Law. While at George Washington, Mitchell founded the Center for Law, Economics & Finance to promote interdisciplinary research and advance public dialogue. Upon ascending to the position of dean, Mitchell referred to Case Western’s law school as “an extraordinary place” and praised its legal skills program as among the most forward-thinking in the country.

Mitchell’s appointment came just months after fellow Law School graduate Camille A. Nelson ’00 LL.M. assumed her post as the new dean of the law school at Suffolk University, becoming the first woman and the first African-American to hold that position in the school’s 104-year history. After graduating from Columbia Law School, Nelson taught contracts, criminal law, and critical race theory as a professor at Saint Louis University School of Law. She also served as a visiting professor and the Dean’s Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.

The recent deanship appointments for Mitchell and Nelson follow that of Frederic White ’73, who was named dean of Texas Wesleyan University’s law school in 2008.

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