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Law school to host three dean finalists in March

March 3, 2008

Three candidates for the position of dean in the NIU College of Law will visit campus this month.

The trio includes a former president of the American Bar Association, a former associate dean from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago and the former president and dean of the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul.

Each candidate will be on campus for two days. During their visits each will be introduced to students, faculty and staff from the college. They also will meet with top university administrators as well as members of the NIU Board of Trustees.

Complete biographies of the candidates are available online.

The schedule of visits is as follows:

William B.T. Mock Jr. – March 4 and 5

William Mock served as associate dean for academic affairs at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago from 2004 until 2007 and was a member of the faculty there since 1983. In that role he was responsible for the academic programs of more than 1,100 students and worked with 60 full-time faculty and more than 100 part-time faculty members.

His years at the school included serving as director of the Center for International Business and Trade law, the LLM in Global Legal Studies and the LLM in International Business. He also led John Marshal through its first strategic planning process in 20 years. He has edited a book on human rights law in the European Union and has authored two textbooks/educational casebooks. He earned his juris doctorate at Georgetown University.

Karen J. Mathis – March 6 and 7

Karen Mathis is a business, commercial and estate planning lawyer with more than 30 years legal experience. She served as president of the American Bar Association from 2006 until 2007. In that capacity she served as spokesperson for the organization, interacting with media, the public, law schools, universities and governments.

Her professional experience includes serving as president of the law firm Hall & Mathis, which merged with McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney and Carpenter in 2004 to create a 230-lawyer, multi-state law firm where she worked as a partner until 2007. Her honors and awards include doctorate of law honorary degrees from five universities and a listing among the National Law Journal’s “50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America.” She earned her juris doctorate at the University of Colorado.

Allen K. Easley – March 17 and 18

Allen Easley served as president and dean of the William Mitchell College of Law, in St. Paul, Minn., from 2004 until 2007. In that role he oversaw 40 full-time faculty and more than 200 part-time faculty at the school, which has an enrollment of 1,100 students.

From 1991 to 2004 he served as associate dean for academic affairs at the Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kan. Easley has published articles cited in numerous law reviews and popular case books and has served as an invited panelist and presenter in numerous national and international professional conferences. He also has served on or led 15 site inspection teams for ABA and AALS over the past 14 years. He earned both his juris doctorate and his LLM from Temple University in Philadelphia.