Thinking About Becoming A Law School Dean? A Zoom Discussion for Prospective Candidates.

Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET

Webinar Description:

Next year, nearly a fifth of the nation’s law schools will be recruiting new deans. Are you thinking about throwing your hat in the ring? We invite aspiring deans to an hour-long Zoom discussion organized by the Executive Committee of the AALS Deans Section.


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Robert B. Ahdieh, J.D., Dean and Anthony G. Buzbee Endowed Dean’s Chair, Texas A&M University School of Law


A graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Yale Law School, Robert B. Ahdieh served as law clerk to Judge James R. Browning of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit before his selection for the Honor’s Program in the Civil Division of the US Department of Justice.

While still in law school, Ahdieh published what remains one of the seminal treatments of the constitutional transformation of post-Soviet Russia: “Russia’s Constitutional Revolution—Legal Consciousness and the Transition to Democracy.” Ahdieh’s work has also appeared in the Boston University Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, NYU Law Review, and Southern California Law Review, among other journals

Ahdieh’s scholarly interests revolve around questions of regulatory and institutional design, especially in the financial arena. His particular focus has been on various non-traditional regulatory structures and modes of regulation, including those grounded in dynamics of coordination. Though relatively less studied in the legal literature, the framework of coordination holds significant promise both in helping us theorize existing regulatory patterns and in defining new regulatory constructs for the future.

Ahdieh has served as a visiting professor at Columbia and Georgetown law schools, as well as at Princeton University. He has also visited at the Institute for Advanced Study, at the University of British Columbia, the University of Warsaw, and Singapore Management University, among other overseas institutions.


Susan Duncan, J.D., Dean and Professor of Law, University of Mississippi School of Law


Susan Hanley Duncan joined the University of Mississippi School of Law as Dean in August 2017. She is the first female to serve as Dean of the Law School not in an interim capacity.

Duncan’s teaching and research interests include lawyering skills, education law and restorative practices, and leadership. Her scholarship has focused primarily on issues surrounding children, including the need for anti-bullying laws and laws protecting children from pornography on the Internet. She advocates for the use of restorative practices in schools, universities, and in the workplace. Her most recent scholarship focuses on gender inequities in the legal academy with a special emphasis on the role of women leaders.

On the national level, she has served in leadership positions on several boards that focus on the development of new legal writing professors and now new law school deans. Currently she serves as President for Scribes, the American Society of Legal Writers, and as the Chair of the AALS Section on Law School Deans.  She frequently presents on legal writing, education law, and leadership topics, and Business First recently named Duncan as one of the top 20 people to know in the field of education.

Her work has garnered recognition by many, including such honors as the 2019 University of Louisville Commission on the Status of Women Champion Award, 2016 Kentucky Bar President Special Service Award, the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from Louis Brandeis School of Law, and the 2010 Louisville Bar Association Award for Distinguished Service.

Prior to joining the faculty at Ole Miss, she served as Interim Dean at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, where she began as an adjunct in 1997 and became a full-time faculty member in 2000. During her tenure at both institutions, she served as chair of the university’s Commission on the Status of Women and was a member of multiple university committees.

Duncan has been a visiting professor at the University of Montpellier (France), the University KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), the Johannes Gutenberg University (Mainz Germany), the University of Leeds (England), and the University of Turku (Finland).

She received a B.A. from Miami University and a J.D. from the University of Louisville.