I am delighted to announce that the University has granted tenure to two of our outstanding junior faculty, John Chung and Keeva Terry. Both have impeccable academic credentials (John-Wash U and Harvard; Keeva-Harvard, Michigan, and Columbia) and in just a few years they began winning “Teacher of the Year Awards” from a student body who already were learning from excellent teachers.
More good news: Emily Sack will serve as our Distinguished Research Professor for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years. Emily is a nationally-recognized expert in domestic violence issues, who has published articles in leading journals, and she is debuting later this year as a co-author of the leading casebook in the field published by Foundation Press. Emily is also an expert on court reform, specifically the development of specialty courts to handle the complex array of issues associated with drug abuse and domestic violence. Emily joined the RWU Law faculty in 2001, after a top academic record at Swarthmore, Columbia, and New York University.
The Distinguished Service Professor for 2012-13 will be Michael Yelnosky, a founding member of the RWU Law faculty. Michael’s leadership, both as a member of the faculty and a long tenure as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, have been invaluable, not least his shepherding us through the AALS membership process and conceiving and executing the Faculty Productivity Survey, http://law.rwu.edu/faculty/faculty-productivity-study, signature institutional accomplishments of the last last decade. Michael graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.
Finally, on the administrative side, Veronica Paricio is the new Assistant Dean of Career Development, a position she previously held at the University of Colorado School of Law. Veronica, a graduate of Dartmouth College, brings two decades of experience in private practice and legal education to our efforts to have our students and graduates find the right professional fit.
Congratulations to these top performers!