The University of Arizona

Law Dean Finalists Named

By La Monica Everett-Haynes, University Communications | February 12, 2009

The committee searching for a new James E. Rogers College of Law dean has narrowed its selection to five finalists.

Marc Miller (Credit: James E. Rogers College of Law)
Marc Miller (Credit: James E. Rogers College of Law)
Margaret Raymond (Credit: University of Iowa)
Margaret Raymond (Credit: University of Iowa)
Gregory A. Hicks (University of Washington)
Gregory A. Hicks (University of Washington)
Lawrence Ponoroff (Tulane University)
Lawrence Ponoroff (Tulane University)
Rex Perschbacher (Credit: University of California, Davis)
Rex Perschbacher (Credit: University of California, Davis)

Five finalists for the dean position of The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law have been announced and will visit the school over the next six weeks for interviews and meetings with on- and off-campus constituents.

The search committee responsible will make a recommendation to UA Provost Meredith Hay at the conclusion of the interviews.

Toni M. Massaro, who has served as dean for 10 years, announced plans in October to return to the faculty and pursue scholarly and professional interests.

Massaro will remain at the law school, where she is a Regents' Professor and holds the Milton O. Riepe Chair in Constitutional Law. Massaro plans to step down on July 1.

Finalists for the deanship are:

Gregory A. Hicks is the interim dean and law professor at the University of Washington School of Law, where he joined the faculty in 1984. His specialty areas are in property, water, natural resources and public land law. Hicks, who was a Rhodes Scholar while studying at Oxford University, has worked in private practice in Seattle and has been a visiting law professor at the UA. For one year beginning in 1979, he served as the special assistant to the chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States and was later the personal aide.

Marc Miller, who is currently the Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law at the UA's College of Law, has researched criminal procedure, sentencing law and issues related to sustainability and environmental policy law. Prior to becoming a professor, Miller served as special counsel at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York and attorney-adviser in the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel. For one year beginning in 1984, Miller served as a law clerk for Chief Judge John C. Godbold in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Alabama.

Rex R. Perschbacher is a law professor who holds the Daniel J. Dykstra Endowed Chair at the University of California, Davis, School of Law. Perschbacher has served as associate dean and also dean of his law school. Previously, he served as law clerk to The Honorable Alfonso J. Zirpoli of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California before going into private practice. His research has been centered on civil procedure, the professional responsibility of lawyers, civil rights, legal education and ethics.

Lawrence Ponoroff is the dean and Mitchell Franklin Professor of Private & Commercial Law at Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans, La. Ponoroff was a private practice lawyer and partner for a firm in Colorado, where he specialized in commercial litigation and general corporate practice. In 2004, he was appointed to the U.S. Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules to the Judicial Conference. Ponoroff has served as a fellow and member of numerous organizations, including the American Bar Foundation and American Law Institute.

Margaret Raymond is a law professor at the University of Iowa's College of Law since 1995. Prior to her position there, Raymond was a law cleark to the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. She also served for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Judge James L. Oakes. Raymond's areas of expertise are in constitutional criminal procedure and substantive criminal law, among other areas.

Eller College of Management Dean Paul Portney chaired the committee handling the dean search. About 20 members serve on the committee and it includes representation from students and faculty as well as practicing lawyers and judges.

"We're delighted that Arizona Law's (the UA College of Law) reputation for quality and community attracted a wide field of applicants, and produced an outstanding group of final candidates who possess great leadership skills," Portney said.

All candidates will meet with UA and community officials, law faculty and administrators, students, donors and alumni during their time here, Portney added.

"This law school has earned the support of many loyal constituencies – in the UA administration, within the college, and throughout the community and profession," he said. "It's only fitting that those who care about the college be involved in one of its defining transitions."

Contacts

Nancy Stanley

James E. Rogers College of Law  

520-621-8430