Law Schools

Hamline Law School dean to step down, return to practice


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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