Former Law Dean is Headed to Paradise
David Hall, the former dean of Northeastern University School of Law in Boston and still a professor of law there, is on his way to Paradise -- America's Paradise, that is, aka the U.S. Virgin Islands. On Saturday, the board of trustees of the University of the Virgin Islands approved a five-year contract for Hall to become the school's president starting Aug. 1.
We reported here in January that Hall was under consideration for the job. After Hall and another candidate visited the university's campuses on St. Thomas and St. Croix in January, the university entered into contract negotiations with Hall, the Virgin Islands Daily News reports. Terms of the contract were agreed to last Friday and approved by the trustees on Saturday. No details were provided.
A native of Savannah, Ga., Hall has taught law at Northeastern since 1985. He served as the law school's dean from 1993 to 1998. In 1997, he was named Outstanding Dean of the Year by the National Association of Public Interest Lawyers. He then spent four years as provost and senior vice president of academic affairs for Northeastern University.
Earlier in his career, he taught law at the University of Oklahoma School of Law and the University of Mississippi School of Law and was an attorney in the Chicago office of the Federal Trade Commission. He received his law degree at the University of Oklahoma and went on to earn an LL.M. degree and a doctorate of juridical science from Harvard Law School.
At Northeastern, his areas of focus are civil rights, legal education, social justice and the interplay of law and spirituality. He explored the latter topic in his 2005 book, The Spiritual Revitalization of the Legal Profession: A Search for Sacred Rivers. He is on the board of directors of the Legal Services Corporation, to which he was appointed by President Bush in 2003. As an undergrad at Kansas State, he was an all-American basketball player and later played professionally in Italy.
Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on March 17, 2009 at 11:17 AM | Permalink
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