UNL names law school dean candidates

UNL names law school dean candidates

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln search committee for a new dean for the College of Law has selected five candidates for on-campus interviews and planned presentations for the public.

Public presentations will be in Room 111 at the Law College.

Anna Shavers, interim dean and Cline Williams Professor of Citizenship Law at UNL Law College. Shavers joined the UNL faculty in 1989.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, a Master of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota.

She teaches administrative and immigration law, gender issues and civil procedure.

Public presentation: Jan. 22, noon-1:30 p.m.

Kim Robak, partner since 2004 in Ruth Mueller Robak, a firm specializing in lobbying and governmental affairs. She served as vice president for external affairs and corporation secretary for the University of Nebraska 1999-2004, as lieutenant governor of Nebraska 1993-99 and chief of staff and legal counselor to the governor 1991-93.

Robak has taught at the UNL Law College and the UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from UNL and a Juris Doctorate from the UNL Law College.

Public presentation: Jan. 26, 4-5:30 p.m.

Douglas Ray, dean and professor of law at the University of Toledo College of Law in Toledo, Ohio, since 2005. Before that, he was dean and professor of law at Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Del., and Harrisburg, Pa. He was a professor of law at Toledo 1981-98.

Ray, whose legal interests include labor and employment law, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard University Law School.

Public presentation: Jan. 29, 3-4:30 p.m.

Ian Holloway, dean and professor of law at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada, since 2000. Legal specialties are administrative law and legal history.

He was associate dean of the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, and has held visiting appointments at other universities. Holloway earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie Law School, Master of Laws from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from the Australian National University.

Public presentation: Feb. 2, 3-4:30 p.m.

Susan Poser, chief of staff and associate to UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman, and a professor of law. She has been associated with UNL since 1994 and has served in her present position since 2007.

Academic interests include torts, ethics and responsibilities. She founded, in 2005, and directs the university's Robert J. Kutak Center for the Teaching and Study of Applied Ethics. She is a faculty member in UNL's Women's Studies Program.

Poser holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Swarthmore College and a Juris Doctorate and Ph.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at University of California, Berkeley.

Public presentation: Feb. 4, 3-4:30 p.m.

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