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Chen named dean of Brandeis School of Law

December 13th, 2006

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Jim Chen

Nationally recognized legal scholar Jim Chen has been named the new dean of the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville.

Chen leaves the posts of associate dean and James L. Krusemark Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School.

“Jim Chen not only is a brilliant and prolific scholar with a national reputation but also a dynamic and innovative visionary,” said Shirley Willihnganz, executive vice president and university provost. “He will promote new educational opportunities for our student and high-quality research that has a real impact on society. He also will enhance interdisciplinary work, community partnerships and diversity. The entire Law School community is excited about the new leadership that Jim Chen will bring.”

Chen is co-editor of “Disasters and the Law: Katrina and Beyond,” editor of “The Jurisdynamics of Environmental Protection: Change and the Pragmatic Voice in Environmental Law” and author of numerous articles that have been published in, among other journals, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, the Texas Law Review, the Vanderbilt Law Review and the Columbia Law Review.

His legal expertise includes law and technology, law and science, environmental law, agricultural law, telecommunications, regulatory law and policy, statutory interpretation and constitutional law.

“I’m looking forward to helping the school extend the Brandeis legacy 150 years after his birth,“ Chen said, noting that one of many attractions to the post is the law school’s tradition of public service.

“I also look forward to engaging the work of the Brandeis School of Law with that of the legal profession and with that of the academy — in law and in other disciplines. I hope that the School of Law will play a leading role in helping the law accomplish those things that law is best equipped to do: avoid conflicts, resolve them when they arise, build productive organizations and, ultimately, solve social problems.”

Chen will begin his duties Jan. 2 by representing UofL at several out-of-town events. He expects to be on campus Jan. 16.

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