MSU Law Begins Decanal Search



September 27, 2007


Professor Alvin Storrs Appointed Chair of Dean Search Committee

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State University College of Law Acting Dean Cliff Thompson announced today the search for a new dean of MSU Law has begun with the formation of the Dean Search Committee and appointment of its Chair, Professor Alvin Storrs.

In addition to Professor Storrs, the Dean Search Committee includes Professors Mary Bedikian, Melanie Jacobs, Michael Lawrence, Kathy Payne, and Chuck Ten Brink, Senior Associate Dean Cynthia Lee Starnes, Dean Karen Klomparens of the MSU Graduate School, second-year law student Cherise Teasley, and Charles Lawler, ‘04.

“Our Committee is dedicated to making a thorough search for qualified, successful candidates,” Professor Alvin Storrs, chair of the Dean Search Committee, said. “Most importantly, we are dedicated to gaining a true leader with innovative ideas and a deep fondness for MSU Law as our new dean.”

The Dean Search Committee has made a nationwide call for applications, and will evaluate the candidates and make initial selections to be approved and further reviewed by the MSU Law Faculty, the Provost of MSU, and the MSU Law Board of Trustees.

Inquiries may be directed to Professor Storrs in care of Esther Baldwin, Room 368C Law College Building, East Lansing, Michigan 48824.

MSU College of Law was in founded in 1891 and is a private institution of higher learning devoted exclusively to professional education in law. The Law College affiliated with Michigan State University in 1995 and is one of only a few private law schools to be affiliated with a research university, enabling it to provide a comprehensive interdisciplinary legal education program. Classes offered in its state-of-the-art facilities provide students the benefits of a Big Ten campus while maintaining the small school culture. Its 2006 graduates achieved a 93 percent bar examination passage rate nationwide and the Law College’s Intellectual Property & Communications Law Program falls in the nation’s top-20 according to U.S. News & World Report. The Law College is one of the oldest continuously operating independent law colleges in the nation. For more information about the Law College, visit


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