Dean and Professor of LawPhone: (410) 706-2041
BA, 1972, Smith College
JD cum laude, 1977, Duquesne University School of Law
LLM, 1985, Yale Law School
Phoebe A. Haddon, JD, LLM, is a widely respected national leader in legal education and an expert in jury participation, the courts and diversity. A fourth-generation lawyer, she was appointed in 2009 Dean of the University of Maryland School of Law, the nation’s third-oldest law school, founded in 1816.
Dean Haddon joined Maryland Law after more than 25 years as a distinguished faculty member at the Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia. 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 diversity. She is currently on the board of The Constitution Project, a national nonpartisan effort to promote and safeguard the nation’s founding charter.
Under Dean Haddon’s leadership, Maryland Law’s reputation and resources have continued to grow. In 2011, the school’s national rankings rose six spots—the greatest increase of any top-tier law school. That same year, the school also received a $30 million gift from the W. P. Carey Foundation, the largest gift in the school’s history and one of the top 10 largest gifts to any law school, public or private. The gift will support faculty development and strengthen the school’s academic programs.
Dean Haddon has provided leadership to numerous organizations dedicated to improving American legal education. She received the 2011 Great Teacher Award from the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) and was until recently 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 also served as co-president of the board of governors and member of the executive committee of the Society of American Law Teachers, as a member of the executive committee of the Association of American Law Schools, and a trustee of the Law School Admissions Council.
Since joining Maryland Law, Dean Haddon has quickly become engaged in city and state-wide organizations. 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.
During her years at Temple, she fought racial and gender bias on the Pennsylvania bench and bar, serving on several state and city bodies, including the City of Philadelphia Board of Ethics. Previously she had practiced at Wilmer Cutler & Pickering in Washington, DC and clerked for The Honorable Joseph F. Weis Jr. of the United State Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Dean Haddon earned an LLM from Yale Law School and a Juris Doctor, 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.
Tort Law: Cases, Perspectives and Problems (3d ed. 2002; 4th ed. 2007) (with others). [Abstract]
First Amendment Law: Cases, Comparative Perspectives, and Dialogues (2003) (with others). [Abstract]
Constitutional Law: Cases, History and Dialogues (1996; 2d ed. 2000) (with others). [Abstract]
Constitutional Law Anthology (1992; 2d ed. 1997) (with others).
Educating Lawyers with a Global Vision, 25 Maryland Journal of International Law 1 (2010) [Full Text]
A Public Calling: Lessons from the Lives of Judges of Color in Pennsylvania, 20 Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review 159 (2010). [Full Text]
Misuse and Abuse of the LSAT: Making the Case for Alternative Evaluative Efforts and a Redefinition of Merit, 80 St. John's Law Review 41 (2006) (with D. Post) [Full Text]
An Independent Judiciary: The Life and Writings of Robert N.C. Nix, Jr., 78 Temple Law Review 331 (2005). [Full Text]
Does Grutter Offer Courts an Opportunity to Consider Race in Jury Selection and Decisions Related to Promoting Fairness in the Deliberative Process?, 13 Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review 547 (2005). [Full Text]
Executive Summary of the Report on Racial and Gender Bias in the Justice System, in Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims (2005).
Protection of Human Subjects in Clinical Trials and Research: Selected Issues, in Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims (2005).
Addressing Race and Gender Bias, in Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims (2004).
A Dinamica da Acăo Afirmativa nos Estados Unidos, in Acăo Afirmativa na PUC: Reflexăo sobre Experiencias Concretas [Affirmative Action in the University: Thoughts on Actual Experiences] (2004).
Products Liability: U.S. Experiences, International Composium on Sino-American Form of Chinese Torts, in Qinquan Xingweifa Yanju [Treatise on Torts Law] (2004).
Coalescing with SALT: A Taste for Inclusion, 11 Southern California Review of Law & Women’s Studies 321 (2002). [Full Text]
Some Ethical Considerations of Emerging Forms of Practice: Multidisciplinary Practice and Multijurisdictional Practice, in Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims (2002).
Bias Scenarios, in Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims (2001) (with J. Berkman).
Multidisciplinary Practice: Recent Developments and Effects of the Continuing Debate, in Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims (2001).
The Litigator's Dilemma: "Should I Confront or Ignore Concerns about Racism, Sexism or Other Isms in my Case?", in Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims (2001).
The MDP Controversy: What Legal Educators Should Know, 50 Journal of Legal Education 504 (2000). [Full Text]
All the Difference in the World: Listening and Hearing the Voices of Women, 8 Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review 377 (1999). [Full Text]
Redefining Our Roles in the Battle for Inclusion of People of Color in Legal Education, 31 New England Law Review 709 (1997). [Full Text]
Education for a Public Calling in the Twenty-First Century, 69 Washington Law Review 573 (1994). [Full Text]
Rethinking the Jury, 3 William & Mary Bill of Rights Law Review 29 (1994). [Full Text]
An Essay on the Ninth Amendment: Interpretation for the New World Order, 2 Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review 93 (1992). [Full Text]
Academic Freedom and Governance: A Call for Increased Dialogue and Diversity, 66 Texas Law Review 1561 (1988). [Full Text]
Baby Doe Cases: Compromise and Moral Dilemma, 34 Emory L.J. 545 (1985). [Full Text]
Remedies and Damages for Violation of Constitutional Rights, 18 Duqesne Law Review 409 (1980) (with F. McClellan). [Full Text]
Note, Jersey Central Power & Light Co. v. Local 327, IBEW, 14 Duqusne Law Review 475 (1976). [Full Text]
Final Report of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Committee on Racial and Gender Bias in the Justice System (Pennsylvania Supreme Court 2003) (with others).