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Hamline Law School dean to step down, return to practice


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Donald Lewis

Donald Lewis, who’s been the dean at Hamline Law School for the last five years, is leaving the St. Paul-based law school and returning full time to the firm he founded.

“The Minneapolis law firm that I helped build offers opportunities at this time to close my career doing what I love best: problem-solving for clients,” Lewis said in letters circulated to the law school’s faculty and students and quoted by MinnPost. “For very personal and professional reasons, I am now ready to return to law practice with a new perspective and fresh skills honed during my service as dean.”

MinnPost and a Hamline release about the departure note that Lewis will return to Nilan Johnson Lewis, a firm he co-founded in 1996.

Hamline and MinnPost credit Lewis with improving the law school’s U.S. News Ranking and broadening the scope of the school’s non-J.D. track offerings.

Lewis will remain dean through the end of the year and re-join his firm on Jan. 1.

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