David J. Ramsay, DM, DPhil, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, today announced the appointment of Phoebe A. Haddon, JD, LLM, as the ninth dean of the University of Maryland School of Law. Professor Haddon will be the first African American dean in the Law School's 185-year history.
Haddon, a distinguished faculty member at the Temple University Beasley School of Law, is a widely respected, national leader in legal education and an expert in jury participation, the courts and diversity. She was chosen following a national search to replace Dean Karen H. Rothenberg, JD, MPA, who after a decade as dean is stepping down to return to the faculty.
"Phoebe Haddon is passionate about legal education, about the essential role of innovative and influential scholarship in the continued development of our faculty, and about the School of Law’s vital public service mission," says Ramsay. "She will build upon the substantial progress of the last decade to attain even greater success in the future."
Haddon earned an LLM from Yale Law School and a Juris Doctor 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. She served as a law clerk for The Hon. Joseph F. Weis, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and practiced at Wilmer Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C., before joining the faculty at Temple law school. She teaches courses on constitutional law, torts, products liability, and race and ethnicity.
An accomplished national scholar on constitutional law and tort law, 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 diversity.
Haddon is widely recognized as a national leader in organizations dedicated to improving American legal education. She serves on the Council of the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, the official accrediting body of American law schools. She has served as co-president of the board of governors and member of the executive committee of the Society of American Law Teachers, member of the executive committee of The Association of American Law Schools, and trustee of the Law School Admissions Council.
"Professor Haddon has been in the forefront of legal education for years," said Professor Judith Wegner, former dean of the University of North Carolina School of Law, past president of the Association of American Law Schools, and co-author of the highly influential Carnegie Foundation Report on legal education, "Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Profession of Law."
"It's as though she's been waiting for the perfect opportunity to bring her vision and experience to bear for improving legal education in a way that will position the University of Maryland School of Law to become even more prominent within the legal profession and the legal academy."
Actively engaged in supporting the work of the Pennsylvania bench and bar, Haddon served as a member of the Gender Commission of the Third Circuit Task Force on Equal Treatment in the Courts and as a member of the Race Subcommittee of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania's Committee on Racial and Gender Bias in the Justice System. She is a member of the City of Philadelphia Board of Ethics, and she continues to work on bias and diversity-related issues in the Philadelphia Bar Association. Haddon is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.
"Phoebe Haddon is the right person at the right time to be the next dean of the University of Maryland School of Law," said Paul Bekman of Salsbury Clements Bekman Marder & Adkins, and Chair of the law school's Board of Visitors.
Haddon is a fourth generation lawyer and fourth generation educator. She is married to Temple University Professor Emeritus of Law, Frank McClellan, and she has a daughter and two sons.