University of Montana Law School Interviews Dean’s Fourth Finalist | State

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The University of Montana brought in a fourth candidate as finalist for dean from the Alexander Blewett III Law School.

Emily Hughes spoke Wednesday at a law school forum that is part of the interview process. Hughes is associate dean and full professor at the University of Iowa School of Law, where she has worked since 2011, according to her resume provided by UM.

Her resume says she was a Sacks Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Institute, and earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School and a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Michigan. Yale University.

At this week’s forum available via registration through the Provost’s Office, Hughes introduced herself as a collaborative leader who builds relationships, and she praised the law school’s “robust” field internships.

She said she would like to see if the law school could benefit from more enrollment, and she said she would like to seek out its untapped resources. Hughes also said the law school has a strong regional presence and that it also wants to consider increasing its presence nationally.

Additionally, she said she was teaching abroad in France and wanted to capitalize on the international relationships UM already has, such as with Ireland. Already, she said she had attended Zoom meetings that people joined from Ireland, and she said international exposure was important.


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“It helps us be better advocates and better citizens of the community by seeing our own culture essentially through the eyes of another culture,” Hughes said.

Three applicants have already participated in on-campus forums at the start of the spring semester, and in an email Monday, UM spokesman Dave Kuntz said the other three applicants were strong finalists.

“We are pleased to now have an additional fourth finalist to consider,” he said. He said Hughes brings “impressive experience and qualifications”.

He also explained the reason why she was added later in the game: “Professor Hughes was an early runner up for Dean of Law. Due to some timing with her application, she initially withdrew from the exam.After contacting the Provost’s office this week, Professor Hughes is now available and happy to continue the position.

In an email this week, search committee chair Suzanne Tilleman declined to share the status of the other finalists, but said the committee had identified Hughes, a former public defender, as one of four finalists. And Kuntz said the committee was choosing from an excellent list.

The candidates who have visited the campus earlier are Rosa Brooks, of the Georgetown University Law Center; Johanna Bond, of Washington and Lee University; and Norman Bay, with Willkie, Farr and Gallagher in Washington, DC

“As we have said before, the pool of candidates for this position is deep and talented, and the recruitment committee chooses to be diligent in ensuring that we identify the best-suited candidate for this position,” said Kuntz said.

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