UA names four finalists for next law school dean

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The University of Arkansas has named four candidates who are in the running to become dean of the School of Law.

The candidates, in alphabetical order, are Robert Ahdieh of Emory University, Brooke Coleman of Seattle University, Margaret Sova McCabe of the University of New Hampshire and Asmara Tekle of Texas Southern University.

The finalists were identified by a search committee chaired by Todd Shields, dean of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. Each of the candidates will visit the UA campus in Fayetteville and hold a public forum in the coming weeks from 3-4 p.m. in the school’s E.J. Ball Courtroom. The dates are:

  • Tuesday, March 6 – Asmara Tekle
  • Tuesday, March 13 – Robert Ahdieh
  • Wednesday, March 28 – Brooke Coleman
  • Thursday, April 5 – Margaret Sova McCabe

All law school faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend. Interested alumni, friends and community members are also welcome.

The law school is searching for a replacement for Stacy Leeds, who will step down in June after seven years as dean. Leeds will continue as law professor and interim vice chancellor for economic development.

Under Leeds’ leadership, the school has been named among the top 20 best values in legal education since 2011 by National Jurist magazine, according to the UA.