Margaret Raymond has been named dean of the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Raymond is William G. Hammond Professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law.

She has been a professor at the University of Iowa since 1995, serving in a number of campus leadership roles, including president of the University Faculty Senate and co-chair of the university-wide budget committee.

Raymond earned her law degree from Columbia University and has a bachelor's degree from Carleton College. She served as a clerk to the late Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge James L. Oakes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

"Margaret is a distinguished legal scholar and a lively intellect," says UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin. "She has a keen sense of the strengths of our Law School. We are delighted she has decided to join our team."

Faculty, academic staff, students and members of the Wisconsin legal community comprised a 17-member search-and-screen committee that made its recommendations to Martin and Provost Paul M. DeLuca Jr.

Law professor and associate dean Kathryn Hendley chaired the committee.

The UW Law School was founded in 1868 and is known for its "law-in-action" approach to teaching law, in which students learn the fundamentals of the law, as well as its role in society.

The dean will be expected to lead the advancement of the school through its legal education programs and research initiatives, and by building strong internal and external communities to support the school's continued success and growth.

The dean serves as the chief academic and executive officer of the school, with responsibility for faculty and staff development, personnel oversight, fundraising, budget planning and management, curriculum and student academic affairs.

Raymond succeeds Ken Davis, dean since 1997, who said last fall he was stepping down and returning to the faculty. She will earn an annual salary of $330,000.

Submitted by Law School News on May 27, 2011

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