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Dean White Ranks Among the Most Influential Legal Educators in the U.S.

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    School of Law Dean Patricia A. White

    School of Law Dean Patricia D. White

    Patricia D. White, dean of the University of Miami School of Law, remains a “formidable force in the world of legal education,” says the National Jurist, which ranked her 15th most influential in legal education in the United States based on a poll of her peers.

    White’s top ranking appears in the January 2014 issue of the magazine, which noted she and the others listed are “involved in the discussions and efforts” about the state of legal education at a time when applications to many law schools are trending downward and layoffs are occurring. The authors of the article cite Legal Corps and LawWithoutWalls as two of White’s accomplishments since joining UM in 2009.

    “Trish White is one of very few incumbent law school deans regularly putting forward usefully provocative new approaches to the substantial challenges currently facing legal education,” said Vice Dean and Professor of Law Patrick O. Gudridge. “She is rightly recognized again this year — and likely will continue to be — for taking on this difficult and necessary task.”

    LawWithoutWalls draws on the talents of students and faculty from 20 academic institutions around the world to discover innovations in legal education and practice; Legal Corps is a unique fellowship program that places Miami Law graduates in non-profit and public sector organizations nationwide and overseas. National Jurist also notes that White was named by legal blogger Brian Leiter as one of nine transformative law deans in the first decade of this century.

    White spent a decade at the helm of the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law before moving to Florida to become Miami Law’s eleventh dean.

    The magazine asked 350 people in legal education, including many law school deans, to rate legal educators and advocates based on how much he or she had influenced them in the preceding 12 months.

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