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Georgetown University Law Center Poaches New Dean from Fordham

Georgetown Law, ranked #14 by U.S. News, is getting a new dean. Here’s part of the letter from the Georgetown president, John DeGioia:

Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community:

It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of our new Executive Vice President and Dean of the Georgetown University Law Center, William M. Treanor, effective August 16. Dean Treanor joins our community from Fordham University, where he has served as Dean of Fordham Law School since 2002.

No word on whether or not Dean Treanor has any deeply personal message he’d like to share with the entire GULC community via Facebook.

But what will new Dean Treanor bring to GULC? Is there any chance for a better-than-#14 finish in Georgetown’s future?

Georgetown has defined the lower limit of the traditional “top 14,” or so-called “T14,” for quite some time. Is Treanor being brought on to try to help GULC surge even higher in the rankings? Or is he perhaps there to stave off the challenge from UCLA and Texas, schools tied at #15 that are clipping at Georgetown’s heels?

Either way, Dean Treanor certainly has the pedigree:

From 1998-2001, Dean Treanor served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, responsible for supplying advice to the White House and Attorney General. Before coming to Fordham, he served as a government attorney, and was associate independent counsel during the Iran/Contra investigation…

Dean Treanor earned his B.A. and J.D. from Yale University, and this spring he completed a Ph.D. in History at Harvard University.

Meanwhile, what is Fordham Law losing?

Dean Treanor has had a rich and varied legal career working in both higher education and government. He has been on the faculty of Fordham Law since 1991, serving as Associate Professor and then Professor before being named Dean. During his tenure, Dean Treanor worked to enhance the academic reputation of Fordham Law by strengthening the school’s clinical program and its global focus. Dean Treanor promoted a strong sense of community and a commitment to the Jesuit tradition of education and service to others at Fordham Law, and he worked to increase students’ quality of life.

Go Jesuit education!

Fordham sits at #34, according to U.S. News. So that’s a pretty big jump up in the rankings for Dean Treanor. And if you think that these deans aren’t paying attention to such things, you really haven’t been paying attention to what’s been happening in legal education.

Fordham kids, can you tell GULC students anything about who they’re getting to run their law school? Good luck, Dean Treanor, in your new post.

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