Women in the Law

Women Make Inroads in Law School Deanships


In 2009, only 21 percent of law school deanships were held by women.

Now females are apparently making some inroads. In recent months, women have landed 40 percent of the open deanship jobs, the National Law Journal reports.

The NLJ lists eight new female hires. They include former federal appeals judge Deanell Tacha, named dean at Pepperdine University’s law school, and the most recent hire, Darby Dickerson, leaving a Stetson University law school deanship to lead Texas Tech University School of Law.

Pace law professor Ann Bartow, an administrator of the Feminist Law Professors blog, praised the development in an interview with the NLJ. “There were still some law schools in the 1990s that didn’t have any women on their faculties,” she said. “Twenty years later, to see all these law schools with women deans is quite remarkable.”

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