Change is on the horizon for John Marshall Law School. Earlier this year, John Marshall named its first Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Faculty on campus – Arthur Acevedo, and they aren’t stopping there.
Last month, the Chicago law school announced that it would be appointing a new dean effective January 1, 2017.
After an intensive search process, the law school announced their selection – Darby Dickerson, a long-time member of legal academic community.
Dickerson will be joining the John Marshall Law School family as Dean after spending the length of her long career in the legal profession in Texas and Florida. Prior to this new role, Dickerson was Dean at Texas Tech University School of Law. Before that, she served as both Interim Dean and Dean of Stetson University College of Law from 2003 to 2011.
Outside of her role as Dean, Darby Dickerson has had a long history with the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). She has served as Chair of the organization’s sections for Law School Deans and the Section of Institutional Advancement. To this day, she is an active member of the organization’s Executive Committee.
Aside from serving the legal education community, Darby Dickerson is also an elected member of the American Law Institute, a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and also serves on the Council of Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas. Likewise, she was also the immediate past President of the Scribes – The American Society of Legal Writers.
The new dean of the John Marshall Law School received both her BA and MA from the College of William and Mary, and her juris doctorate from Vanderbilt Law School.
Dickerson is an ideal fit for the Illinois law school, says Paula Holderman, Chair of the decanal search committee.
We are delighted that Dean Darby Dickerson will be leading The John Marshall Law School at this pivotal point in our history. Her dynamic style and deep knowledge of skills-based learning stood out to all who met her during the process.
Darby Dickerson will succeed former Dean John E. Corkery who served for nearly a decade at John Marshall. Dean Corkery also serves as Commissioner for our very own Commission on Professionalism. Aware of the large shoes to fill, Dickerson is excited for the future that lies ahead for her and the law school.
I am incredibly honored to lead John Marshall, which has such an inclusive and engaged community. I am committed to continuing the school’s legacy of innovation, opportunity and excellence. I am also looking forward to working with the school’s students, faculty, staff and alumni and to working with members of the Chicago and Illinois bars to help advance legal education and the legal profession.
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