Thursday, April 9, 2009
As we announced yesterday, our co-editor, David A. Brennen, has been named Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Law. According to the Lexington-Herald:
Brennen said in a statement that he is "thrilled" to join UK's faculty and hopes to oversee an expansion of the university's legal education. "There are opportunities for increased interdisciplinary activity, expanded curricular options and improved physical facilities," he said. "I also expect that UK Law will continue to have a positive influence on legal developments in all spheres — locally, nationally and worldwide." Brennen has more than a dozen years of classroom experience and is in his second year as deputy director of the Association of American Law Schools, according to his biography on the University of Georgia's faculty Web site. "In his role as deputy director of the American Association of Law Schools, he has had the opportunity to observe a broad spectrum of law schools, and I am confident we will benefit from his knowledge of best practices as we continue our quest for greater national recognition," UK Provost Kumble Subbaswamy said. Mary Davis, the college's Stites & Harbison professor and associate dean for administration and faculty development, said Brennen's energy and enthusiasm became clear during his interview with faculty members. "He really appeared to me to be the total package for what I thought the college of this caliber needs," Davis said. She said she was impressed with Brennen's involvement with the law school association, which will give the college "more prominence on the national stage."