Professor Margaret Raymond Joins UW Law School as Dean July 1, 2011

Professor Margaret Raymond
Professor Margaret Raymond

The University of Wisconsin Law School is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Margaret Raymond as the law school’s new dean, effective July 1st, 2011. Raymond will succeed Kenneth Davis, who is returning to the faculty after 14 years in the position.

"Margaret is a distinguished legal scholar and a lively intellect," says UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin. "She has a keen sense of the strengths of our Law School. We are delighted she has decided to join our team."

“The Law School has a magnificent faculty, an excellent and highly engaged student body, and a strong commitment to its role as a public institution,” Raymond said.  “It has an amazing history and remarkable potential.  The ‘law in action’ focus, the extraordinary range of clinical opportunities and the small group program make Wisconsin unique.   I'm excited to become a part of this thriving community and to continue to develop the Law School's distinctive voice in legal education.”

Raymond brings a distinguished scholarly record in the fields of criminal law, criminal procedure, and legal ethics.  She has been a professor at the University of Iowa since 1995, serving in a number of campus leadership roles, including president of the University Faculty Senate. Raymond earned her law degree from Columbia University and has a bachelor's degree from Carleton College. She served as a clerk to the late Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge James L. Oakes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Following her clerkship, Raymond worked in private practice, first as a commercial litigator and later as a criminal defense lawyer. Her scholarship focuses on constitutional criminal procedure, substantive criminal law, and the professional responsibility of lawyers. In 2004, she received the Collegiate Teaching Award at the University of Iowa Law School. Raymond is the author of a Professional Responsibility casebook, The Law and Ethics of Law Practice.

In her new role, Raymond will lead the advancement of the school through its legal education programs and research initiatives, and by building strong internal and external communities to support the school's continued success and growth.

The dean serves as the chief academic and executive officer of the school, with responsibility for faculty and staff development, personnel oversight, fundraising, budget planning and management, curriculum and student academic affairs.

“I'm looking forward to working with students, faculty and staff at the Law School. I'm also eager to get out and meet our alumni,” Raymond said. “I've always enjoyed talking to lawyers and I love exploring new places.  The chance to get out and meet and connect with our graduates gives me the chance to do both.  I hope to get that started quickly, and to continue to build positive, supportive and reciprocal relations with our network of graduates.”

Faculty, academic staff, students and members of the Wisconsin legal community comprised a 17-member search-and-screen committee that made its recommendations to Martin and Provost Paul M. DeLuca Jr.  Law professor and associate dean Kathryn Hendley chaired the committee.  The committee remarked, “From our first meeting with Margaret, the committee was deeply impressed by her energy and passion for the challenges facing any new dean.  She had clearly done her homework on our law school and demonstrated an acute eye for both our existing strengths and our areas of untapped potential.  We believe she will be a tremendous asset and look forward to working with her.”

As she moves into the deanship, Raymond commented on the assistance and support she has received from outgoing dean Ken Davis.  "I'm especially appreciative to Dean Davis for being so helpful to me as we plan this transition.  He's shared his insights and good counsel and I'm very much looking forward to working with him." 

University of Wisconsin Press Release

Submitted by Law School News on December 20, 2011

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