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UW Law names Raymond new dean (UPDATE)

Meet Margaret Raymond

Current Position: William G. Hammond professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law (she joined the faculty in 1995)

Education: Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1985; Carleton College, B.A., 1980

Previous Positions: Clerk to the late Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge James Oaks of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; private practice, first as a commercial litigator and later as a criminal defense lawyer

By Caley Clinton
Wisconsin Law Journal

Margaret Raymond, longtime law professor at the University of Iowa College of Law, will take over this fall as the University of Wisconsin Law School’s new dean.

Kathryn Hendley, associate dean for academic affairs for the UW Law School, confirmed the news Friday.

“Margaret is a distinguished legal scholar and a lively intellect,” UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin said in a news release. “She has a keen sense of the strengths of our law school.  We are delighted she has decided to join our team.”

Raymond, who will earn $330,000 a year, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Raymond is a William G. Hammond professor of law at Iowa and has been with the school since 1995. She has served in a number of campus leadership roles, including president of the University Faculty Senate.
 She earned her law degree from Columbia University and has a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College. She served as a clerk to the late Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge James Oakes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

The decision was announced to Iowa faculty Friday morning, said Todd Pettys, associate dean for faculty at the University of Iowa College of Law.

Pettys, who has worked with Raymond since 1999, described Raymond as a “very focused, energetic and driven person.”

“She’s not one to get distracted by nonsense, or be patient with a lot of nonsense,” he said.

Raymond specializes in professional ethics and responsibility, he said.

“She has a really strong sense of propriety; what’s the right way to do things and what’s not; what’s’ the honorable way,” he said. “She’s not someone who’s going to cut corners and get an institution into trouble.”

Raymond was one of three finalists to emerge from the UW’s initial pool of 277 candidates, Hendley said. The other finalists were Gene Nichol, a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law who removed himself from contention earlier this week, and Nicholas Allard, partner at Washington, D.C.-based law firm Patton Boggs.

Raymond also was recently in the running for the dean position at University of Colorado Law School.

Pettys said it will be a sad day when Raymond leaves the campus.

“She has long been one of our superstar teachers,” he said. “Students absolutely respect and adore her, and alumni who’ve passed through her classroom just think the world of her.”

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