Deans & Legal Education
A Selected Bibliography
Joan W. Howarth, Recruiting Sexual Minorities and People with Disabilities to Be Dean. 31 Seattle U. L. Rev. 751-763 (2008).
The author considers the particular challenges individuals in these two groups face in the deanship process and outlines measures for law schools to take to address the challenges of recruiting them.
Herma Hill Kay, Women Law School Deans: A Different Breed, or Just One of the Boys?, 14 Yale J.L. & Feminism 219 (2002).
The author explores “the extent to which, if at all, women deans - because of their sex - experience and approach these challenges any differently than their male counterparts.” The author examines the unique obstacles that past and present women deans face and the opportunities open to them.
Jon Mills, Diversity in Law Schools: Where Are We Headed in the Twenty-first Century?, 33 U. Tol. L. Rev. 119 (2001).
This article discusses issues encountered by the University of Florida Law School in implementing its new diversity policies for faculty and students.
Kenneth Oldfield, Social Class-based Affirmative Action in High Places: Democratizing Dean Selection at America's Elite Law Schools, 34 J. Legal Prof. 307 (2010).
This article examines diversity in relation to the socioeconomic origins of deans at America's top fifty law programs and offers specific steps that schools can take to ensure greater socioeconomic integration among their deans.
Laura M. Padilla, A Gendered Update on Women Law Deans: Who, Where, Why and Why Not?, 15 Am. U.J. Gender Soc. Pol'y & L. 443 (2007).
The author builds on Herma Hill Kay’s article, examining the number of female law deans and the factors that impact that number and considering future trends.
Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, A Dean’s Dilemma or Lessons in Diversity, 37 U. Tol. L. Rev. 117 (2005).
The author recounts her struggle to improve institutional reputation and ranking at the McGeorge School of Law while also striving to improve diversity, with an emphasis on leadership.
LeRoy Pernell, Reflecting on the Dream of the Marathon Man: Black Dean Longevity and Its Impact on Opportunity and Diversity, 38 U. Tol. L. Rev. 571 (2007).
“These comments address, not necessarily the absolute number of African-American or Latino deans at any one point in time, but rather the implications of the lack of maintaining long-term tenure or extended experience for those of us who choose to pursue such a calling.”
Bill Piatt, One View to Add to the Many, 34 U. Tol. L. Rev. 143 (2002).
The author discusses his views on the commitment to diversity in legal education.
Laura Rothstein, The LSAT, U.S. News & World Report, and Minority Admissions: Special Challenges and Special Opportunities for Law School Deans, 80 St. John’s L. Rev. 257 (2006).
The author discusses the emphasis on LSAT scores in the U.S. News law school rankings and the impact of that emphasis on the admission of minority students. The article focuses on how law school constituencies, from faculty to applicants to prospective employers, react to the U.S. News rankings and considers how a dean might respond to them.
Kellye Y. Testy, Introduction, 31 Seattle U. L. Rev. 737-738 (2008).
The author introduces a new symposium on increasing diversity in law school deanship.
Kamille Wolff, From Pipeline to Pipe Dream: The HBCU Effect on Law School Deans of Color, 14 J. Gender Race & Just. 765 (2011).
The author argues that the experience of historically black colleges and universities in recruiting, retaining, and promoting minority faculty and administrators offer a roadmap for law schools to promote diversity in deanships.