New Leader for Harvard Law

June 12, 2009

Martha Minow was on Thursday named the next dean of Harvard University's law school -- one of the most prominent positions in legal education nationally. Minow, who has taught at the law school since 1981, is known for a wide range of intellectual interests and for leading the efforts to reform the law school's curriculum in recent years. The curricular reforms -- radical for the tradition-bound institution -- involve having students spend significant amounts of time solving legal problems by simulation and through mock litigation, rather than by focusing entirely on interpreting legal doctrines and appellate opinions. Minow succeeds Elena Kagan, who left the dean's position when she was nominated by President Obama to serve as solicitor general of the United States.

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