Ringhand named new law school associate dean for academic affairs

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Ringhand named new law school associate dean for academic affairs Thursday, July 23, 2015 Writer: Heidi M. Murphy, 706/583-5487, hmurphy@uga.edu Contact: Lori A. Ringhand, 706/542-3876, ringhand@uga.edu Ringhand named new law school associate dean for academic affairs Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia School of Law’s Lori A. Ringhand has been named the school’s new associate dean for academic affairs. In this role, she will supervise the law school’s academic program and curriculum. Ringhand is a nationally known Supreme Court scholar, and two-time winner of the C. Ronald Ellington Award for Excellence in Teaching, the law school’s highest teaching honor. She will assume the post at the start of the school’s fall semester on August 18. Ringhand succeeds Lonnie T. Brown Jr. who has served in this position for the past two years. Brown, the holder of the A. Gus Cleveland Distinguished Chair of Legal Ethics and Professionalism, will return to the faculty and resume a series of scholarly projects including his biography of Ramsey Clark. Georgia Law Dean Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge said Brown had overseen numerous critical projects for the school as associate dean including innovations to the advising process, the student handbook, the adjunct program and class scheduling. “The law school is a stronger place thanks to the hard work of Dean Brown. He has been a valuable partner, and his commitment to students is unsurpassed. I am very grateful for his service in the Dean’s Office and look forward to continuing to work with him on numerous initiatives on behalf of our students and our school.” Rutledge said he was thankful Ringhand agreed to step into this new leadership role. “A few of her initial projects will include overseeing the law school’s “assessment” project in connection with the new American Bar Association Accreditation Standards and playing an active role in the upcoming discussions to reform the law school’s curriculum. Along with Deans Amann, Rodrigues and Hashimoto, she will round out the senior administrative team on the law school’s faculty,” he said. Ringhand, who holds a J. Alton Hosch Professorship, joined the Georgia Law faculty in 2008. She teaches courses on constitutional law, election law, and state and local government law. She also has served as the director of the school’s semester-long study abroad program at Oxford. She is the co-author of two books, Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings and Constitutional Change, which was named a Choice 2014