In February, the U-M Board of Regents reappointed Dean Mark West for a second five-year term, effective September 1, 2018, through August 31, 2023. In his first term, Dean West, who also is the Nippon Life Professor of Law, has focused on enhancing student life and the broader intellectual community at the Law School. He worked with students, alumni, and donors to establish a program that guarantees summer funding for all first-year students—the most comprehensive program of its kind among top U.S. law schools because it does not limit funding based on type of position. He also worked to ensure that every law student has the opportunity to participate in a legal clinic, and launched the Veterans Legal Clinic in 2015. In addition, Dean West engaged and collaborated with faculty and administrators to reform the Law School curriculum, with an emphasis on increasing students’ flexibility and better preparing them for legal practice in an evolving profession.
“I am pleased that Mark West has agreed to continue serving the Law School as dean,” says Paul Courant, U-M interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “His expansive orientation toward research and scholarship and his support of professional practice and training has fostered innovative planning and programming that supports the work of faculty, students, and staff. He is an exceptionally effective dean who leads with respect, imagination, and inspiration.”