Mark Grady to Step Down as Dean of School of Law

Posted: April 8, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Amy Biderman

Mark Grady, dean of the School of Law, has announced plans to step down as dean, effective Aug. 15. He will remain on the faculty of the law school.

“Mark Grady leaves the School of Law deanship with a record of tremendous accomplishment,” says Provost Peter Stearns. “His initiatives and those of the team he assembled have brought the school to a gratifying position, not only in terms of national rankings, but in terms of the substance of legal research and training. I have the greatest respect for him as a scholar and colleague.”

Grady served as dean for seven years. In his letter of resignation, he pointed to “historic accomplishments” in the School of Law, including:

  • Moving the School of Law from an overall U.S. News & World Report rank of 116 (tier three) to 38, which makes it the youngest law school in the top tier

  • Organizing two new academic centers within the law school–the National Center for Technology and Law and the Law and Psychiatry Center
  • Developing the Critical Infrastructure Protection Project to study public and private solutions to the nation’s cyber terrorism and homeland security problems

“I am grateful to my colleagues at the law school and throughout the university, our outstanding law students, and our extraordinary alumni for their contributions to our common work,” Grady said. “Together we have made a truly great law school that will serve our students and our nation for decades and more.”

In other news at the law school, Kenneth Starr, distinguished visiting professor, has resigned. He will become dean of Pepperdine University’s School of Law in Malibu, Cal., on Aug. 1. Starr was first offered the Pepperdine deanship in 1997, but declined the position to continue serving as independent counsel in the Whitewater investigation. He has been a partner in the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP since 1993. He was solicitor general of the United States from 1989 to 1993 and served as U.S. circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1983 to 1989.

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