New deans at Stanford, Northeastern

Stanford University Law School named Mary Elizabeth Magill as the school’s thirteenth dean this week, assuming the reins from Larry Kramer in September. Magill joins Stanford from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was vice dean and a scholar of administrative and constitutional law.

"Stanford Law School is an extraordinary law school," Magill said in a statement. "It has had a remarkable series of leaders and, as a result, is today the most innovative law school in the country.  I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve as its next dean."

On the faculty at Virginia since 1997, Magill taught administrative law, constitutional law, food and drug law, and seminars in constitutional structure and administrative law. Magill earned a bachelor's degree in history from Yale University in 1988 and her J.D. from Virginia in 1995. After earning her law degree, Magill clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the Fourth Circuit and then for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Magill has big shoes to fill as she steps in for Kramer. Dean since in 2004, Kramer has spearheaded significant educational reforms during his time and the school recently leapfrogged Harvard Law School to take over the No. 2 spot on the U.S. News & World Report rankings. Kramer will depart Stanford on Aug. 31 to head the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. 

Northeastern University School of Law named Jeremy Paul as its new dean this week, replacing Emily Spieler who has served as dean since 2002. Paul, the current dean at the University of Connecticut School of Law, will join the school in August.

“No law school dean could seek a more rewarding challenge than helping to build the nation’s leading center where classroom lessons provide students with the eyes they need to make sense of the world and work­place experiences remind students how valuable classrooms can be,” Paul said in a statement. “Northeastern’s commitment to experiential learning is crucial for today’s graduates, who will hold multiple jobs in a variety of settings.”

As dean at University of Connecticut, Paul created initiated practical programs with the US Patent and Trademark Office and in-house and externship programs at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection through the Center for Energy and Environmental Law at UConn, which he also created.

Paul earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1978 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 1981. After law school, he served as a clerk to Judge Irving R. Kaufman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Cir­cuit and as professor-in-residence at the Appellate Staff of the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He also taught at Miami School of Law and Boston College Law School.