Dean Phoebe A. Haddon has been named “one of the most influential people in legal education” by the The National Jurist for the second consecutive year. Haddon was ranked ninth of the 25 individuals recognized on the list, published in the January 2014 issue.
“I’m honored that the The National Jurist has again recognized the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law for its commitment to excellence in legal education and its promise to provide students, especially those from diverse backgrounds, with the skills to achieve success in our field,” says Haddon.
The magazine requested nominations from every law school in the nation. Its editors selected 50 candidates and then sent the list to law school deans and others of influence in the legal community, asking them to rate each nominee. As the magazine notes, the 25 recognized individuals are “thick in the conversation and engineering of legal education advances and reforms.”
Haddon is a long-time and well-known participant in that discussion, having held leadership positions in the Association of American Law Schools, the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, and the Society of American Law Teachers, which honored her with its Great Teacher Award in 2011.
Haddon has grown increasingly concerned about what she calls “the mismatch” in law today. As she has said in several recent presentations to academic and professional groups, “We have thousands of highly trained but unemployed young lawyers and millions of moderate and lower-income people who need legal counsel. Our challenge is to bring them together.”
An accomplished legal scholar with expertise in constitutional and tort law, Haddon is recognized for securing the largest gift in the law school’s history— the $30 million gift from the W.P. Carey Foundation—one of the top 10 largest gifts to any law school, and one of the largest in the University System of Maryland. Since becoming dean in 2009, Haddon has increased scholarships for students, worked to limit tuition increases, recruited top-notch professors to add to the UM Carey Law School’s already robust faculty roster, and bolstered the school’s minority enrollment, which this year accounts for 37% of all new students.
“I am especially pleased to congratulate Dean Haddon on her consecutive selection as one of the nation’s shining stars in legal education,” says University of Maryland, Baltimore President Jay A. Perman, MD. “This is the kind of excellence we at the University of Maryland, Baltimore strive for, and no one exemplifies the importance of educating the next generation of legal professionals more than Phoebe Haddon.”
“Dean Haddon has brought an inspired and visionary leadership style to the UM Carey Law School,” says Andre M. Davis, Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, a 1978 graduate, and member of the Board of Visitors of the law school. “Her enthusiastic embrace of the educational and professional values of diversity has enabled the law school to maintain its enviable record as one of the most diversity-rich learning environments in the state and the nation. Those of us who love the law school as I do feel a deep sense of gratitude for her service and for her friendship.”
Haddon will resign as dean at the end of the 2013-2014 academic year. After a sabbatical to conduct research on legal education, she will return to the UM Carey Law School faculty and to teaching.