Jeffries To Be Dean Of U.Va. Law School
22, 2001-- Constitutional law expert John C. Jeffries
Jr. will be the next dean of the University of Virginia School of
Law, U.Va. President John T. Casteen III announced today.
who joined the Virginia law faculty in 1975, is the Emerson Spies
Professor and the William L. Matheson and Robert M. Morgenthau Distinguished
Professor. He served as academic associate dean from 1994 to
1999, a post that administers the school's curriculum and academic
policies, and as acting dean in the fall of 1999.
will be the tenth dean of the law school, which next fall will celebrate
its 175th anniversary.
will take over leadership of the top-ten school on July 1 from Robert
E. Scott, dean since1991. Regarded as a superb dean, Scott presided
over the most successful fund-raising campaign in the history of
American law schools, attracting more than $202 million in a seven-year
effort that leaves the school poised for even greater prestige.
He plans to return to teaching after a years sabbatical.
Jeffries brings one of the keenest minds in American legal scholarship,
a proven hand at administration and long devotion to the University
to the task of guiding the School of Law to pre-eminence among its
peers," Casteen said in announcing Jeffries appointment.
"Judged against a national field of candidates, John exemplifies
the excellence in scholarship and service that are the hallmarks
of leadership at U.Va."
prospect of following Bob Scott as dean is at once humbling and
exciting," Jeffries said. "Bob leaves an institution that
is physically attractive, academically vigorous, and financially
sound. I look forward to working with U.Va. students, faculty, administrators,
and graduates in the effort to build on this success."
was selected after a national search by a committee representing
faculty members, students and alumni. Roughly 90 candidates were
considered and 15 selected for interviews before the committee unanimously
Jeffries is a brilliant scholar, a charismatic teacher and has been
a dedicated and influential member of this faculty for 25 years.
I can't think of anyone who is better qualified to serve as dean,"
a national reputation in civil rights, federal courts and criminal
law, Jeffries is the author or co-author of several leading casebooks,
numerous articles, and a study of the insanity defense offered by
John Hinckley, who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan
1994, he wrote a highly praised biography of U.S. Supreme Court
Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr., for whom he clerked after earning his
law degree from U.Va. in 1973.
has been a visiting professor at Yale, Stanford, and the University
of Southern California, and has served on the faculty of the FBI
Academy since 1976. In 1995 he received the U.Va. Alumni Association
Distinguished Professor Award.
graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1970, majoring in history.
While studying law at Virginia he was editor-in-chief of the Virginia
Law Review, earned the Z Award for the highest academic average
in his class and was awarded the Woods Prize as its outstanding
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