New deans at Stetson, Appalachian, Wash & Lee, McGeorge

Louisiana State is helping to fill the need for law school deans, with two faculty members getting hired at other schools.

Stetson University College of Law hired Christopher Pietruszkiewicz, who has taught at Louisiana State University since 2001. As the vice chancellor for business and financial affairs, he has been responsible for strategic planning, budgeting, financial planning and personnel matters. He also has taught tax policy and procedure, corporate tax, income tax, comparative tax and tax practice and procedure.

He received his law degree from Loyola University in New Orleans and an L.LM. in Tax from Georgetown Law Center.

Appalachian School of Law hired Lucy McGough, also a law professor at Louisiana State University.  She previously taught at Emory University, where she also received her J.D. She has taught Family Law, Criminal Justice, and Juvenile Law.

McGough will take over as dean on July 1 and her husband, James Bowers, will join the Appalachian faculty in the fall. He has taught at LSU since 1982, teaching Uniform Commercial Code, Secured Transactions and a legal scholarship seminar.

McGough will be the school’s eighth dean since it was founded in 1994.

• Francis “Jay” Mootz will be only the ninth dean at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law since its founding in 1924. He will replace Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker who has headed the school for the past 10 years.

Mootz is currently a law professor and associate dean at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He graduated from Duke University School of Law.
Mootz previously taught at Penn State, William and Mary and Western New England School of Law. He teaches contracts, insurance law, jurisprudence and payment systems.

Washington and Lee University School of Law hired Nora Demleitner as its new dean. Demleitner will leave Hofstra University where she has been dean since 2008. She recently oversaw that school’s name change after it received a $20 million donation from alumnus Maurice Deane. She has taught at University of Michigan, St. Thomas University School of Law and St. Mary’s University School of Law. She will be the Virginia schools first female dean. 

• Carol Buckler has taken over as the interim dean of New York Law School, after the departure of Richard Matasar to New York University.

Buckler has been at NYLS since 1991 and has taught Civil and Human rights Clinic, Lawyering and Legal Profession. She has been Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and was previously Associate Dean for Professional Development, where she oversaw the offices of Student Life, Career Services and Public Interest and Community Service. She received her law degree from Harvard.

• Michael Hillinger was appointed Interim dean of University of Massachusetts School of Law. He was previously associate dean and has served in the law school administration since 1990. He graduated from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary and has a PhD in Political Science from Columbia Univeristy.