Levmore, as law dean, to stress tradition, ambitionBy Peter Schuler
I am honored and excited to accept the Deanship of the University Law School, Levmore said. I hope to build on its tradition of intellectual intensity, excellence and openness, while improving yet further the educational experiences that we offer, the diversity of viewpoints that is our real hallmark and the opportunities for a real partnership between the Law School and its supporters.
I know the university community, our past, present and future students, and the new friends we hope to make will join with us in bringing about a future even more remarkable than the Law Schools great past.
Levmore succeeds Richard Epstein, who has served as Interim Dean since February after the resignation of former Dean Daniel Fischel. President Randel appointed Levmore following a three-month search led by Cass Sunstein, the Karl N. Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor in the Law School.
The exceptional academic standards of the Universitys Law School demand a dean of great academic distinction as well as one who can work effectively with the schools many constituencies, Randel said. In Saul Levmore we are fortunate to have found just such a dean. I look forward to working with him to ensure that the school continues to define the highest standards in the study and teaching of the law.
Levmore, who joined the Chicago faculty in 1998, is currently the William B. Graham Professor in the Law School. He holds a B.A. from Columbia University and both a Ph.D. in Economics and a J.D. from Yale University. In 1993, Levmore was a Visiting Professor in the Law School, and he has been a visiting professor at Yale, Harvard, Toronto, Michigan, and Northwestern universities, as well.
Were completely thrilled by this appointment, said Sunstein. Saul is an exceptionally distinguished scholar, a terrific colleague and a fantastic teacher. He combines an understanding of the Law Schools best traditions with fresh ideas and charisma. He will be an excellent dean.
Levmore was previously the Brokaw professor and the Albert Clark Tate Jr. research professor at the University of Virginia. His research and teaching are in the areas of torts, corporations, corporate law, comparative law, not-for-profit organizations and public choice.
He is the author of more than 50 scholarly articles in law reviews and other publications. In 2000, he was one of seven University scholars elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Levmore and his wife, Julie Roin, who is a Professor in the Law School, reside in Hyde Park and have two sons, Nathaniel and Eliot, both of whom attend the Laboratory Schools.