LUBBOCK -- Texas Tech School of Law dean and professor Darby Dickerson has announced she is leaving to become the new dean at the John Marshall School of
Law in Chicago, starting Jan. 1, 2017.
According to Texas Tech’s
website, Dickerson earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt in 1988 and joined
Texas Tech School of Law in 2011 after serving as dean at Stetson University
College of Law from 2003 until 2011. Before
earning her law degree at Vanderbilt, she received her B.A. and M.A. from the
College of William and Mary. Her interests and focus include higher
education law and policy, legal citation and litigation ethics.
law school, Dickerson clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth
Circuit and then practiced commercial litigation with Locke Lord in Dallas,
where she was named both Outstanding Young Lawyer and Outstanding Director of
the Texas Young Lawyers Association in 1995.
We greatly look forward to
working with Dean Dickerson to produce practice-ready lawyers as she takes the
reins of our historic, mission-driven institution,” Leonard F. Amari, president
of John Marshall’s board of trustees, said in a statement.
Dickerson has considerable
experience and is a nationally known leader in legal education. She serves on
the executive committee of the Association of American Law Schools and is also
a past chair of several AALS sections, including the law school dean and the institutional advancement.
She is an elected member of
the American Law Institute, a sustaining life fellow of the Texas Bar
Foundation and an inaugural member of the Texas Tech University School of Law
American Inn of Court. She also serves on the council of the appellate section
of the State Bar of Texas and is the Immediate past president of Scribes—The
American Society of Legal Writers.
Her list of accomplishments delights John Marshall trustees and officials.
“We are delighted that Dean
Darby Dickerson will be leading The John Marshall Law School at this pivotal
point in our history. Her dynamic style and deep knowledge of skills-based
learning stood out to all who met her during the process,” Paula Hudson
Holderman, who also sits on John Marshall’s board of trustees and chaired the
law school’s search committee, said in a statement.
In an email to the Texas Tech
student body and staff, Dickerson announced her transition, as well as her
praise for the time spent at the university.
“It has been a tremendous pleasure and honor to
serve as dean and the W. Frank Newton Professor of law for the last 5 1/2 years,”
she said in the email. “We have a strong, dynamic community, and I will
always cherish my time here and the relationships I developed.
"Over the next
couple of months, I look forward to continuing to interact with the Tech law
students, faculty, staff and alumni, and to say a more personal goodbye before
I move from the Hub City to the Windy City.”