Donald B. Tobin—a nationally recognized authority on tax and election law and an experienced academic administrator—became the tenth dean of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, July 1.
“As a public law school, we have a special mission to provide broad access to a legal education and to train lawyers who will serve a wide variety of constituencies,” said Tobin.
“Students at Maryland Carey Law are taught to connect theory and practice. They solve legal problems and help people in need, which are critically important roles for any lawyer. As the flagship law school in the state, we must be a leader in educating students to be not only good lawyers, but also good citizens,” he added.
Tobin comes to Maryland Carey Law from Ohio State University where he was the John C. Elam/Vorys Sater Professor of Law at the Moritz College of Law. During 13 years on the faculty there he held several positions including associate dean for academic affairs, associate dean for faculty, the Frank E. and Virginia H. Bazler Designated Professor in Business Law, founding co-director of the Program on Law and Leadership, and a senior fellow of law at Moritz’s Election Law @ Moritz Program.
A Maryland native, Tobin grew up in Columbia, MD and graduated from Oakland Mills High School.
"Maryland is a state with great growth and great innovation,” said Tobin. “The Law and Health Care Program, Environmental Law Program, Center for Dispute Resolution, and Center for Health and Homeland Security build on tremendous strengths here at the law school. And the Business Law and Intellectual Property Law Programs build on the incredible opportunities that Maryland's technology and business sectors provide."
Prior to joining the Moritz College faculty in 2001, Tobin served as an appellate attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Justice Department and as a law clerk for The Honorable Francis Murnaghan, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He began his career on Capitol Hill, working there before, during and after graduating magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from Georgetown Law Center. He served as a professional staff member for U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes (D.-MD), the Senate Committee on the Budget, and the Joint Economic Committee of Congress.
Tobin succeeds Phoebe Haddon, who served for five years as dean and assumed the chancellorship of Rutgers University-Camden, July 1.