Dean Phoebe A. Haddon, JD, LLM announced to faculty at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law today that she has informed University of Maryland, Baltimore President Jay A. Perman, MD, that she will not seek a renewal of her current contract.
She plans to step down as dean at the end of the 2013 - 2014 academic year. After a sabbatical to focus on a research project on contemporary challenges in legal education, she will return to the Maryland law faculty and to teaching.
In making her announcement, Dean Haddon expressed appreciation for the support of the Law School's faculty, staff, students and alumni, as well as her optimism for the future. "I truly believe that many opportunities lie ahead of us and that this institution is full of talented, committed people to take advantage of them," she says.
Dean Haddon is most widely recognized for her leadership in securing a gift of $30 million to the law school from the W. P. Carey Foundation. The Carey gift is the largest in the School's history, one of the top 10 largest gifts to any law school, public or private, and one of the largest in the history of the University System of Maryland. The gift was made by the late Wm. Polk Carey and his brother Frank in honor of their grandfather, a Baltimore civic leader and 1880 alumnus. The school was renamed the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in his honor. The first $15 million of the Carey gift was a capstone to the Law School's successful Making an Impact campaign, which Dean Haddon brought to completion in 2011, exceeding its $50M goal with over $69M raised.
In sharing the news with the campus community, President Perman said, "Dean Haddon's leadership in securing this transformative naming gift will leave a mark on the legal profession and this university for generations to come. Dean Haddon is a deeply thoughtful leader and a staunch advocate for legal education. She has taught me much on these issues and I have deeply valued her counsel."
The Carey gift and Making an Impact campaign greatly increased support for faculty research and scholarship, providing critical new resources to recruit and retain an outstanding law faculty. "Dean Haddon is deeply committed to the scholarly enterpriseand the faculty's important role in analyzing and improving law and public policy," said Michael Van Alstine, Professor of Law, who chaired the search committee that had recruited Dean Haddon.
Dean Haddon has played a critical role in the University System of Maryland's The University of Maryland: MPowering the State initiative, and served on the task force charged with studying a potential merger between the University of Maryland's College Park and Baltimore campuses. Through MPowering the State and her leadership, the law school has begun planning potential collaborative law-related undergraduate and graduate programs in College Park and expanded work in food, agriculture and natural resources law.
Christine Edwards, Partner at Winston & Strawn, LLP and Chair of the Law School Board of Visitors praised Dean Haddon's leadership. "I have had the pleasure of working with Phoebe to engage alumni and create opportunities for graduates to reconnect with their alma mater. I have consistently been impressed with Phoebe's leadership and vision for the law school. She has worked tirelessly on behalf of the entire community raising the national and international profile of the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. Her myriad contributions will affect generations of students and we were fortunate to have her as our Dean."
During her tenure, Dean Haddon increased scholarships for students and worked to limit tuition increases. She is a leading national voice on the current challenges facing legal education and law practice. She has written and spoken widely on the need for global perspectives in legal education, the problems for public service careers created by student debt, the impact of diversity on the profession, new models of teaching and learning in law and law as a "public calling." She has been a staunch supporter of clinical legal education and a leader in addressing the challenges faced by public law school clinical teachers when they take on difficult or controversial cases. In 2012, she was voted by her peers as one of the 25 most influential people in legal education through a national awards process conducted by The National Jurist. In 2011, she received the Great Teacher Award from the Society of American Law Teachers.
An accomplished scholar on constitutional law and tort law, Dean Haddon is the co-author of two casebooks in those fields and has written numerous scholarly articles on equal protection, jury participation, academic freedom and the importance of diversity in legal education and legal institutions in general.
In 2010, she was honored by The Daily Record as one of the year's most Influential Marylanders and by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. She is on the board of the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women and is a member of the Lawyers' Round Table and the 2011 class of Leadership Maryland. Dean Haddon earned an LLM from Yale Law School and a JD, cum laude, from Duquesne University School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the Duquesne Law Review. She received a bachelor's degree from Smith College and served as vice-chair of the Smith College Board of Trustees until her appointment as dean. Prior to becoming dean she served for more than 25 years as a distinguished member of the faculty at Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadephia.