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Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Pepperdine finally lands their Starr

In case you haven't heard, Pepperdine today announced that their next dean will be none other than Kenneth Starr, who was a clerk for a certain Minnesotan Chief Justice of the United States before he made nightly appearances on national television during the Clinton administration. This is a pretty good article from about the news.

Professor Bainbridge has this to say:

Pepperdine Law School has named Ken Starr as its new dean. Congrats to both. I've often thought Pepperdine ought to be able to move up the rankings significantly. They've got the most scenic location in American legal education (the view of Malibu from the law school is spectacular), although most faculty and students do have to commute quite a ways to get there. They're a high tuition private school, which ought to enable them to throw a lot of money into hiring top faculty. Perhaps Starr can devise a strategy for leveraging those considerable advantages into making the kind of move up the rankings that places like George Mason have pulled off.

Pejman Yousefzadeh is excited for his alma mater, and has some other interesting observations about how Starr's qualifications are often obscured by the Whitewater/Starr Report phenomenon.

This couldn't happen to a nicer guy. I had the pleasure of meeting him last fall when he came to the University of Minnesota for a lecture, and he is one of the most down-to-earth and wrongly maligned people in America. It's a shame we don't call him Justice Starr (as Ted Olson accidently did during the BCRA oral arguments), but I suppose Dean Starr will suit him just fine.


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