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Notre Dame Law Appoints New Dean

The University of Notre Dame’s law school is about to have a brand-new dean.
Marcus Cole, the William F. Baxter-Visa International Professor of Law at Stanford University, has been appointed Joseph A. Matson Dean of the Law School and Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, according to a Notre Dame press release.
Cole will be succeeding previous dean, Nell Jessup Newton, who is stepping down July 1st after serving 10 years as dean.
“Professor Cole brings to Notre Dame scholarly accomplishment, experience in academic leadership, an impressive set of international appointments and a concern for social inequities and the human impact of law,” University President Rev. John I. Jenkins says. “We warmly welcome Professor Cole as the new dean of our Law School.”
A Leading Scholar
Cole, who joined Stanford in 1997, is a leading scholar of empirical law and the economics of commerce and finance.
According to his profile on Stanford Law’s website, Cole specializes in teaching courses in the areas of bankruptcy, banking, contracts, and venture capital.
He also currently serves on the editorial board of the Cato Supreme Court Review, the academic advisory board of Bar-Bri and the advisory board of the Independent Institute’s Center on Culture and Civil Society.
In the past, Cole served as the former president of the board of directors of Rocketship Education, a national, nonprofit charter school network operating California’s most successful charter schools for low-income children.
“Professor Cole is an extraordinary person, teacher, scholar and leader who brings to this role a deep commitment to our Law School’s mission, vision and values,” Thomas G. Burish, Charles and Jill Fischer Provost at Notre Dame, says. “Search committee members were uniformly impressed with his reputation for collegiality, as well as his global experience and involvement on issues ranging from social justice and equality to providing educational access for low-income children. We are pleased to welcome him to our University community and family.”
Sources: University of Notre Dame, Stanford Law School