Wednesday, March 20, 2013

UConn Law Picks Practitioner as Dean

After a lengthy search, UConn has chosen a prominent Hartford practitioner as its dean. Tim Fisher comes to the job after a long career in the Hartford branch of McCarter & English. From the Connecticut Law Tribune (excerpts):

Fisher, who has worked extensively in areas of construction and commercial law and is a former managing partner of McCarter's Hartford office, was seen by many on the faculty as an excellent choice because he knows what law firms want from law school graduates.

But veteran professors said the selection was also based on Fisher's long-standing commitment to public service, his relationship with state bar leaders and fund-raising and management abilities. Fisher is currently chair of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, which raises money for legal aid agencies.

"The faculty was not necessarily looking for someone who came from a law practice," said Leslie Levin, a law professor and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. "[Fisher] was somebody who just impressed us all. He is someone who understands what is going on in the current legal market. He is also very concerned about access to justice; he has a long commitment to that."

Richard Kay, another professor, recalled Fisher presenting a lecture on check fraud years ago during a course Kay was teaching. Like others, Kay was impressed with Fisher's intelligence and ability to effectively communicate ideas.

"This is a change for us, in that we've gone for someone who is a practitioner and who does not have an extensive academic background," Kay said. "I think the idea is he's going to be able to bring some fresh thinking to the institution, especially with regard to the law school's relationship with the bar and community. In addition to the fact that he's a first-rate lawyer."

We wish Dean Fisher well.


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