U.Va. appoints alumna as new regulation faculty dean

Leslie Kendrick, previous vice dean, begins article in July 2024

Kate Andrews

Leslie Kendrick, incoming dean of the University of Virginia Faculty of Law. Image courtesy U.Va.

A professor and previous vice dean has been named the next dean of the University of Virginia University of Law, the college announced Monday. Leslie Kendrick, also a U.Va. Legislation alumna, will thrive Risa Goluboff in July 2024, becoming the next woman to serve as the legislation school’s dean.

Kendrick graduated from the regulation college in 2006 and grew to become a member of its faculty in 2008, and is now the White Burkett Miller Professor of Law and Community Affairs, the Elizabeth D. and Richard A. Merrill Professor of Legislation and director of the school’s Centre for the Initially Modification. She also serves as a particular adviser on totally free expression and inquiry to U.Va.’s provost and was vice dean of the legislation school from 2017 to 2021, in accordance to the university’s announcement.

“The law school has been my property given that I arrived as a pupil 20 years in the past,” Kendrick claimed in a assertion. “I feel now, as I believed then, that the U.Va. mixture of earth-course study, consummate expert preparing and deep sense of local community would make this the very best legislation university in the region. The law faculty college, personnel, college students and alumni are my beloved colleagues and good friends, and I am honored to associate with them in making the future of this exceptional institution.”

Goluboff’s past working day as dean will be June 30, 2024, right after serving 8 years in the job. She declared her conclusion to step down in September, but she options to continue being at U.Va. to instruct. She and Kendrick co-hosted U.Va.’s “Common Law” podcast for its 1st 3 seasons, and Goluboff said in a statement that she “cannot think about a superior geared up, more hugely competent or far more exciting successor. Leslie is simply just wonderful.”

Kendrick is a Kentucky indigenous who was a Rhodes Scholar and obtained her master’s and doctorate levels in English literature at the College of Oxford, after earning a bachelor’s degree in classics and English at the University of North Carolina. Following deciding to enter legislation, Kendrick was a Hardy Cross Dillard Scholar at U.Va. and won the Margaret G. Hyde Award, the regulation school’s optimum honor. She clerked for previous U.S. Supreme Courtroom Affiliate Justice David Souter and for Decide J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Courtroom of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

In addition to serving on the Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association’s govt committee, Kendrick was an adviser for an American Law Institute system on defamation and privateness, part of a collection on lawful rules for judges and attorneys. Her perform has been revealed in the Yale Law Journal and the Harvard Regulation Overview, and she obtained an all-college instructing award and the legislation school’s Carl McFarland Prize for outstanding investigate by a junior school member.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Leslie Kendrick as the new dean of the law school,” said U.Va. President Jim Ryan, a previous U.Va. legislation professor. “She has a great document of educating and scholarship in torts and the First Amendment, and her university service has been a must have. She ably led the committee that crafted U.Va.’s Statement on Cost-free Expression and Cost-free Inquiry and served as vice dean of the legislation university through a time of rapid progress.”

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