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UConn professor named dean of law school

by Michael Kirk - January 29, 2007

Jeremy R. Paul, a faculty member at the School of Law since 1989, has been named the dean of the school, after an extensive search process.

He will assume the deanship on April 27.

"I am delighted that a candidate has been selected who has devoted himself so fully to the law school for nearly two decades and is absolutely committed to its students, faculty and continued success," said Peter Nicholls, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at UConn, who announced the appointment.

"Both President Austin and I look forward to his leadership in ensuring that the school retains its strong position nationally and moves ahead to the next levels of educational accomplishment."

Paul, 50, served as associate dean for academic affairs at the law school from 1999 until 2004, when he was named associate dean for research.

He previously served as a law clerk to Judge Irving R. Kaufman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; as professor-in-residence at the appellate staff of the civil division of the U.S. Department of Justice; and as assistant to the president of TravelersGroup.

He has taught at the University of Miami as both assistant and associate professor and at Boston College Law School as a visiting professor.

He graduated from Princeton University in 1978 and received his law degree from Harvard in 1981.

"It is an extraordinary honor to be selected to serve as the next dean of the University of Connecticut School of Law, a place I have been proud to call home since I had the privilege of joining its superb faculty 18 years ago," says Paul.

"The legacy I have received from my outstanding predecessors includes one of the most attractive campuses in the nation, an increasingly successful group of loyal graduates, a staff second to none, and a student body whose talents, collegiality, and work ethic draw rave reviews from everyone who stands in front of our classrooms."

Professor Jeremy Paul will become dean of the law school in April.
Photo by Lanny Nagler

Paul says he is committed to building on that legacy by seeking to draw an ever more diverse group of talented students and faculty to the campus.

"My approach will be to highlight for prospective applicants and prospective employers the many advantages of a school that pairs the intimacy of a liberal arts college with the backing of a strong and rapidly improving public research university," he says.

"These advantages include an impressively interdisciplinary and international curriculum, as well as an array of clinical offerings that would be the envy of many schools twice our size."

Paul says he and his colleagues will also build on "the growing perception around the world that the University of Connecticut School of Law is the place in the United States to come to learn about insurance."

The UConn law school hosts the only insurance law center in the country.

Ranked among the top public law schools in the nation, the School of Law is recognized for its rigorous academic programs and collegial, supportive community.

Among its faculty are internationally recognized scholars in many areas, including tax, intellectual property, international human rights law, and legal history and theory.

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