Message from President Herzberger on Dean Daar’s Departure

Colleagues and Students:
I am writing in follow-up to the message from Dean Daar announcing her decision to step down at the end of her term and to leave the Law School at this time.  I am so grateful for her devotion to the Law School and especially to our students over these 27 years, and I want to thank her for her willingness to serve as our Interim Dean this past year.  Judy’s appointment last August was applauded by people throughout the campus, as well as by so many of our alumni who benefitted from her teaching and expertise.  She has brought enormous dedication to her role as dean this year, and I know you will join me in wishing her well in all new endeavors. 
We will need an experienced person to take Dean Daar’s place and, with the concurrence of the Board of Trustees, I have appointed Rudolph C. Hasl to the position of Special Assistant to the President and the Board of Trustees and Interim Dean. Rudy has served as Dean at four ABA law schools throughout his over 40 year career in legal education, the last being Thomas Jefferson. At the time of his retirement in 2014, he was the longest serving Dean of ABA schools of law in the United States. He also served in leadership positions within the American Bar Association, including as Chair of the Accreditation Committee, the Standards Review Committee, and the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. We are fortunate to have a person with such broad experience join us, especially one whose expressed priority for this year is to work closely with students and promote their success. 
Some of you have already had the opportunity to interact with Rudy through his service as our consultant to the law program over the last few months, and I look forward to all of you getting to know him in the next few weeks. 
Sharon Herzberger

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