David Partlett Named Law Dean at Emory University

Lexington, VA Friday, April 07, 2006

David F. Partlett, vice president and dean of the Washington and Lee University School of Law since July 1, 2000, has been named the new dean of Emory Law School at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. Partlett will assume his new position on July 1, 2006.

"This is one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make," said Partlett. "Working with the faculty, students and staff has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. In the last six years, we have all worked to build on W&L's strengths -- its commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship. And the future for W&L is bright. My sense of loss in leaving is balanced by the prospect of challenge and fulfillment in my new role at Emory.

Partlett earned his LL.B. from the University of Sydney School of Law in 1970, his LL.M. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1974 and his S.J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1980. He came to W&L from Vanderbilt where he taught and served as Acting Dean.

In addition to his administrative duties at W&L, Dean Partlett taught Torts; Advanced Torts; Judicial Remedies; and a Professional Liability Seminar.

"Under David Partlett's deanship, the quality of both the faculty and student body at the W&L law school has reached new levels of success," said Acting W&L President Harlan Beckley. "It is no surprise that Emory has sought his leadership. We look forward to building on David's achievements at Washington and Lee. "

Partlett's time at the School of Law has been marked with successes across the spectrum of the school's operations. He is responsible for increasing faculty size and the quality of the student body, allowing the School of Law to continue its great tradition as a student-centered school committed to excellence in teaching and scholarship. Partlett also led the way in establishing more international programs, including the LL.M. in United States Law program and the school's exchange programs with Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany; Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland; and the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada..

Under Partlett's leadership, more money was raised for the law school than ever before during the last capital campaign, the Campaign for the Rising Generation, completed in 2003. This success continued with the funding of the Moot Courtroom Renovation project, which upon completion will nearly conclude the renovation and technology upgrade of all academic spaces, a key component of the law school's strategic plan.

"David's leadership has kept Washington and Lee University School of Law among the best law schools in the country, with a consistent ranking among the top 25," said W&L Rector Philip W. Norwood. "We deeply value his service for the past six years. Emory has made an excellent choice, and we wish both Emory and David only the best."

Partlett will continue to serve as dean of the School of Law through the end of the academic year. University officials announced that an interim dean will be named soon, and a national search for Partlett's successor will commence immediately.

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