Kenneth B. Davis to step down as dean, return to faculty

After more than a dozen years as Dean of the University of Wisconsin Law School, Kenneth B. Davis has announced that he will step down next year and return to the faculty.

Davis joined the Law School faculty in 1978, and became dean in December 1997, making his the second-longest tenure of any UW Law School dean.

"When I considered becoming a candidate for this job, I had considerable doubt whether I could do it for five years, much less 14," Dean Davis said. "The fact that I have been able to do so is due principally to the good will and collegiality of the people of the UW Law School."

Throughout his tenure, Dean Davis has sought to balance the UW Law School's role both as one of the nation's preeminent law schools and as Wisconsin's only public law school.

Specializing in corporate and securities law, Davis was highly regarded as a classroom teacher, and received both the Law School's and the University's Distinguished Teaching Awards. He will take a one-year sabbatical during the 2011-12 academic year, and return to teaching in the Fall 2012 term.   For more information, read the university press release

Submitted by Law School News on September 29, 2010

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