New deans at NCCU, Akron, Louisville; New associate deans at ASU

• Phyliss Craig-Taylor steps in as the new dean at North Carolina Central University School of Law this week. She succeeds Raymond Pierce, who has been dean since 2005. 

Craig-Taylor was a professor at NCCU from 2000-2006, and more recently served as associate dean for academics at Charlotte School of Law. In addition to her stints at NCCU and Charlotte, Craig-Taylor was a faculty member at the University of Florida College of Law, a visiting professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law and a professor in residence at the University of Warsaw College of Law in Poland.

Craig-Taylor received both her undergraduate and law degree from the University of Alabama Tuscaloosa and later earned a Master of Laws degree at Columbia University. She was a partner in the law firm England & Bivens and served as a judicial clerk for the Alabama Supreme Court.

• Elizabeth Reilly began her tenure as interim dean this week at the University of Akron School of Law. Reilly is the school’s vice provost for academic planning and former associate dean of academic affairs.

Reilly began her academic career with Akron in 1980 as an adjunct professor. She joined the faculty full time in 1984 and from 1995 until 2009 she served as associate dean.

Reilly has taught several classes at the school, including Sexual Orientation and the Law. Her scholarship focuses on the intersections between individual and collective interests in areas such as reproductive choice, gender identity, juvenile justice, tort duties and damages, and the religion clauses.

• Susan Duncan begins her interim deanship this week at the University of Louisville’s Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Duncan, a member of the law school faculty since 1997, has been associate dean of academic affairs and faculty development for the past year and is a former chair of the Commission on the Status of Women. She will succeed the former dean, Jim Chen, who is expected to return to the law faculty after a year’s leave.

Duncan's scholarship focuses on child law, including the need for anti-bullying laws and laws protecting children from online pornography.

• Three faculty members at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law were promoted to associate deans this week.
Professor Mary Sigler, a professor at ASU since 2003, steps in as Associate Dean for Faculty, a new administrative position that will help direct faculty research grants, plan conferences and handle travel requests.

Professor Zachary Kramer is now the Associate Dean for Intellectual Life, overseeing junior faculty mentoring, institutional conferences, retreats and media. 

Professor Adam Chodorow, at ASU since 2004, is the Associate Dean for Innovative Ventures, and will focus on new programs at the law school, including the establishment of a law-school affiliated, nonprofit law firm, modeled loosely on medical residency programs.