Update on Dean Search

According to an e-mail sent today to members of the BC Law community from Cutberto Garza, Provost and Dean of Faculties, the Law School Dean Search Committee has narrowed down its list of potential candidates to five semifinalists who will visit BC for interviews during the week of February 7th through 11th. The group of finalists was narrowed down from an initial pool of 15 distinguished scholars who met with the committee over the course of three days.  During their visit, the candidates will meet with individuals including faculty, staff, students, and alumni.  The schedule of their visit will be distributed to the BC law community when it is finalized, and their meeting with alumni will also be available via webcast.  Members of the BC Law community are encouraged to share their thoughts on the candidates with Mr. Garza.

Following their interviews, the pool will be narrowed down to three candidates who will return to meet with Father Leahy, the President of Boston College, at which point signed letters from the BC community expressing thoughts on the selection may be sent to Father Leahy or Mr. Garza.

The five candidates are:

Michele Goodwin, University of Minnesota
Everett Fraser Chair in Law; Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine;
Professor of Public Health, School of Public Health

Russell Osgood, Grinnell College
Professor of History and Political Science

James Repetti, Boston College
William J. Kenealy, S.J. Professor of Law; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Vincent Rougeau, University of Notre Dame
Professor of Law

Robert Schapiro, Emory University
Professor of Law; Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Professors Repetti and Goodwin are graduates of BC Law, Professors Schapiro and Osgood graduates of Yale Law, and Professor Rougeau a graduate of Harvard Law.

Please feel free to share your thoughts regarding the potential future Dean or the selection process.

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27 Responses to “Update on Dean Search”

  1. They should have brought their resumes to career services first. Found some errors. Employers would have trashed these without a second thought.

  2. My personal favorite is the one that lists the ages and occupations of his children. How is that relevant exactly?

  3. yeah, I was thinking about the same thing. Do well-accomplished children show that the candidate is a capable father and therefore a good dean? what a bold leap of logic.
    Actually, why is one’s marital status relevant?

  4. does a married person with four children make a better dean than one with only one child, an adopted child, or perhaps divorced?

  5. you folks have obviously never seen a CV before.. It differs slightly from a resume in that it contains a lot more detailed information about the applicant, such as publication history, marital status, any children, etc.

    Marital status and age of children could be relevant for relocation purposes.

    • Is occupation and college alma mater of said children relevant for relocation purposes?

      I’m fine with telling me marital status and existence of children…but isn’t that a bit much? Congratulations! Your children are more successful than any of us BC Law grads will likely be!

  6. not so much for relocation purposes, as for the sake of bolstering a certain image. not that images are not important.

  7. The Grinnell and ND options are clearly conservatives cut from the Garvey cloth.

    Please. No more.

    I’m team Repetti. Give a BC Alum a chance!

    Actually just put someone in who will game the system so our rankings improve.

    • it seems like the “ND option” is not exactly a Garvey-cut out… he’s also a minority and advocates for social justice. His latest book address immigration, poverty and redress for racial discrimination.

  8. either repetti or michele goodwin (for some reason I love her!)

    yeah, when everybody else is gaming the system and we don’t, we’ll lose out.

    • You love her because she’s clearly a fresh breath of liberal air. I was like, is this their way of appeasing the liberal student body by duping us into thinking they are actually considering a liberal female minority?

      I’d be shocked if they went that direction. Pleasantly shocked, but shocked nonetheless.

  9. with a faculty and student body who are heavily left-leaning, its sensible and fair to have a dean with a conservative bend. it acts as a counter-weight.

    having actually read some of the ND professor’s writing, he does not appear to be a garvey clone. hes very catholic, but endorsed obama and has been critical of bush/the GOP in some of his pieces. i would still bet he gets the job though.

    • The overall administration of Boston College is quite conservative. And I’m not sure I buy that the faculty is heavily left-leaning. There are some clearly outspoken liberals among them, but there are plenty of conservatives as well. I think the faculty is fairly balanced.

      Nearly all law schools are left leaning in student make-up. There is no reason that a Dean needs to counterbalance that. And frankly, BC has a far less liberal student body than most law schools.

      That said, I don’t think personal politics are the most important aspects of who we select – to me personality, ability to connect with the student body, ability to interact meaningfully with alumni – these seem to be important and while I certainly found Garvey’s politics dreadful, I also thought he failed in many of these other respects as well. I felt he found it important to characterize BC as a Catholic law school, instead of just a really good one.

      I just fail to see the logic that a Dean should not reflect the student body.

      • Beside Fitzgibbon (whose likely alienated both conservatives and liberals alike) can you articulate these “plenty of conservative [faculty members]“. There are nearly 70 profs, plus adjuncts. The conservatives I can think of can be counted on 1 hand. Claiming the numbers are roughly even is intellectually dishonesty.

        Here’s the logic: a conservative dean might help ensure that minority viewpoints at BCLS (i.e. social conservatism, libertarianism, etc.) aren’t completely drummed out.

      • lll-

        You assume that a non-conservative Dean would drum out those views. I think we both know the Federalist Society is one of the most well funded groups at BC, at least in terms of their ability to get funding from their national chapter to host events. They are actually one of the most active groups on campus. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But let’s not pretend that a liberal or even moderate minded Dean would somehow drum that out.

        The reality is that Garvey led this school for 11 years. It’s time for a different kind of leader.

        As for the faculty, a lot will depend on how you view conservatism. There are a handful that are easily pegged as conservative in their religious views, several that are conservative when it comes to ideas of governance or economically conservative and several more that are conservative all around. I said it was fairly balanced, not that it was evenly divided.

        At the end of the day, the decision for Dean will be made by the conservatives that run the greater Boston College institute. So you’ll probably get your wish.

  10. Too bad Cassidy didn’t make the cut. We’ll probably lose him over this.

    I really don’t give a damn about the dean’s political leanings as long as the school’s prestige and ranking goes up.

  11. Given that Michelle Goodwin is an extremely outspoken liberal on some very controversial topics, I find it very disingenuous that BC even included her in the finalist. No one can deny that this woman is simply brilliant, but truth be told there is no way BC would select her as dean and that is coming from someone who has read several of her articles and cited them in my article. Its disgusting that BC is using Scholar Goodwin and to anyone with a paucity of intelligence can see through it. Brilliant woman, but really someone that suggest commodification of organs probably will not be our next dean. Personally, I thinks she is too darn good for a school like BC especially, since its so clear they are using her as (minority( status puppet. Ugh, yet another reason I so ready to be out of this institution.

  12. You know why I love Goodwin? Apparently she was not on law review or any of those journals at BC (or was she?) As someone who did not grade or note onto law review I was told by someone (who is not a law professor btw – I doubt any law professor would actually make this remark) that those who are on law review are legitimately more brilliant in terms of research and writing than those who are not. Yet I can’t recall how many times I have outperformed law review/journal board members by writing what my professors considered as better papers.

    How many LR board members – past and present – can be more accomplished than Scholar Goodwin? Not many, huh!?

    • Someone sounds very bitter about not making a journal.

      • yeah. fortunately I do have a job lined up and will graduate with honors, while working with some T14 editors to have a paper published in their law review.

  13. yes your published paper is “butthole law student 101″

  14. guesswho:

    First of all, you have absolutely no way of knowing you will graduate with honors. None. You have absolutely no idea how your GPA will compare to your fellow classmates upon graduation. What it takes to graduate with honors changes every year and you still have a semester left. This simple failure to grasp that logic explains why you didn’t make a journal.

    Another reason could be your poor grammar and incoherent rambling.

    Congrats on your employment! My condolences to your employer.