University of Pittsburgh

Pitt Law Professor David Herring Named UNM School of Law Dean

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May 7, 2013


University of New Mexico Provost Chaouki Abdallah has announced the appointment of David Herring as dean of the University of New Mexico’s School of Law.  His appointment will begin July 1, 2013.  Professor Lu-in Wang will also be joining the School as a professor of law, continuing her focus on scholarship in the area of ordinary and extraordinary forms of discrimination.

Herring served as dean at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law from 1998 to 2005. Among his accomplishments as dean were leading the school’s successful capital campaign and recruiting strong teachers and scholars to join the faculty. Prior to serving as dean, he founded and served as the first director of Pitt Law School’s clinical legal education program.

Herring has written extensively on child welfare law issues and assessing student learning in legal education. His most recent work in child welfare focuses on behavioral biology research and its implications for children placed in foster care; his previous work focused on the political functions of the family in American society. Herring’s research on legal education has included a series of empirical studies of student learning gains in the areas of legal reading and cross-case reasoning, for which he developed and administered pre and post tests to measure gains.

“While the departures of Professors Herring and Wang will be a great loss for Pitt Law, we are proud of them and wish them well,” said Dean Carter. 

Read the National Law Jounal article here.  

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