May 01, 2006

Case Western Reserve University appoints Cornell Law School Professor Gary Simson to be dean of the Case School of Law

Gary J. Simson

Case Western Reserve University has named Gary J. Simson, professor at Cornell University Law School, to be dean of the Case School of Law.

He succeeds Gerald Korngold, who will step down June 30.

Simson has been a member of the Cornell law faculty since 1980, where he has also served as associate dean for academic affairs and associate dean for faculty development. In those positions he has been responsible for curricular planning and development, faculty course assignments, coordinating the mentoring of untenured faculty, and spearheading efforts to diversify the law school's faculty.

"We are delighted to have found someone of Professor Simson's caliber to assume the deanship of the law school," said Case President Edward M. Hundert, M.D. "As a renowned legal scholar and outstanding teacher, he is the right person to lead the law school as it continues on the path towards growth and enhanced stature." Simson's appointment follows a national search, which began in the fall of 2005.

"I am very grateful for the opportunity to be dean of the law school at Case," said Simson. "It is a wonderful school, with outstanding faculty, administrators, and students and highly successful and supportive alumni. With his many accomplishments over the past nine years, the outgoing dean, Gerald Korngold, has set the bar high for those who follow, and I look forward to working with the law school community and the university administration to make the law school even stronger."

While at Cornell Simson has taught courses on conflict of laws and constitutional law, as well as a seminar on the First Amendment's religion clause and a religious liberty clinic. He is the author of two books and more than 20 scholarly articles and book reviews.

"Gary Simson is a first-rate scholar and teacher who brings additional luster to Case Western's law school." said Russell K. Osgood, president of Grinnell College and former dean of Cornell Law School. "In the 30-plus years that I have known him he has been a proponent of reasonable and intelligent discourse, diversity, and thoughtful constitutional law scholarship. He is also a warm and supportive, teacher and colleague."

"Professor Simson has been a beloved member of the Cornell Law School faculty for over 25 years," said Stewart J. Schwab, the Allan R. Tessler Dean & Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. "We will miss his fine teaching and provocative scholarship. On behalf of everyone at Cornell, I congratulate him and wish him and his family all the best in this exciting next stage of their careers and lives." Before joining Cornell's faculty Simson was a professor at the University of Texas School of Law. Prior to that he clerked for Judge J. Joseph Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He has also held a visiting appointment at the University of California-Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law.

Korngold has served as law school dean since 1997 and has been a member of the faculty since 1987. Under his leadership the school has experienced significant growth and curricular innovation, including the introduction of more than 130 new courses in emerging areas of the law, a 130% increase in student applications, and completion of a $26.4 million fundraising campaign. Korngold will go on sabbatical during the 2006-07 academic year, then return to full-time teaching.

Simson is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he edited the Yale Law Journal and was awarded the Colby Townsend Memorial Prize; and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale College. He chairs the advisory board of the Carolina Academic Press's Law Casebook Series, and is a member of the Legal Advisory Panel of the National Center for Science Education. He and his wife, Rosalind, are parents of Nathaniel, 21; and Jennie Anne, 14.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, May 1, 2006 11:41 AM | News Topics: Administration

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