Kim Yuracko Named Interim Law School Dean
October 27, 2010
To: Northwestern Law Community
From: Dan Linzer, Provost
Re: Interim Dean and Search Committee Announcement
As you know, Dean David Van Zandt will be leaving the School of Law to become president of The New School in New York City effective Jan. 1, 2011.
I am very pleased to announce that Kim Yuracko, associate dean for academics and professor of law, has agreed to serve as interim dean of the School of Law. Kim will continue to work closely with David this fall during his transition to The New School and will become full-time interim dean effective Jan. 1, 2011.
We are very pleased that Kim will be serving in this role and look forward to her leadership during our transition to the next dean.
I also am pleased to announce that Dorothy Roberts, Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law, has agreed to serve as chair of the dean search committee. The committee will be comprised of the following individuals:
- Sandra Babcock, clinical professor of law, and clinical director, Center for International Human Rights
- Robert Burns, professor of law
- Katherine Cernocky, student, president, Student Bar Association, School of Law
- Shari Diamond, Howard J. Trienens Professor of Law
- Carl Evans III, student, School of Law
- Terri Mascherin, JD ’84, Law board member, partner, Jenner and Block, LLP
- Dwight McBride, dean, The Graduate School, associate provost for graduate education, professor, African-American studies, and Daniel Hale Williams Professor
- Kathleen Dillon Narko, clinical associate professor of law
- Carter Phillips, JD ’77, Law board member, managing partner, Sidley Austin LLP
- Donald Rebstock, associate dean of enrollment, career strategy, and marketing, School of Law
- Max Schanzenbach, Benjamin Mazur Professor of Law
- Swaminathan Sridharan, John and Norma Darling Professor, Accounting Information and Management, Kellogg School of Management
- Audra Wilson, director of diversity education and outreach, School of Law Student Services
Jake Julia, associate vice president/associate provost for academic initiatives, and Marianna Kepka, director of academic administration, will staff this search, and a search firm will be retained to assist us with the search.
I would like to thank all of you who have taken the time to talk with me or to write to me regarding this search and the future of the School of Law. Your counsel has been extremely helpful to me, and I look forward to a successful outcome to this search.