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Wash U. announces Nancy Staudt as new law school dean

Nancy Staudt

Nancy Staudt

Updated 5:47 p.m.:

Washington University’s new law school dean will be Nancy Staudt, vice dean for faculty and academic affairs at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, Washington University announced late Monday afternoon.

Staudt will become dean May 15, according to the news release. She also will become the Howard and Caroline Cayne Professor of Law as well as a professor at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work.

Staudt, who served as professor at the Washington University law school from 2000 to 2006, is a tax, tax policy and empirical legal studies scholar. In addition to serving as vice dean, she is the inaugural holder of the Edward G. Lewis Chair in Law and Public Policy at the USC law school, according to the news release. She also holds an appointment as a professor of law and public policy at the USC Price School of Public Policy. In August 2012, Staudt was appointed academic director of the then-newly established Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy.

Before joining the USC faculty in 2011, Staudt was a law professor at Northwestern University. She also was on the faculty at the University of Buffalo School of Law. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University, a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School and a doctorate in public policy from the University of Chicago.

Prior to her academic appointments, she was a tax associate at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco; she clerked for Judge John T. Noonan on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco; and she provided free legal services to battered women and to organizations seeking tax-exempt status from the federal government.

Kent Syverud, the previous Washington University law dean, left in January to become chancellor of Syracuse University. He got the appointment in September, and Holden Thorp, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at the Washington University, appointed an eight-member committee led by Dean Edward F. Lawlor of the Brown School to identify candidates for dean.

Thorp announced in the news release that Nancy Staudt’s partner, Lee Epstein, a professor of law and public policy at USC, will rejoin Washington University as a professor.

Law professor Daniel L. Keating will continue serving as interim dean until Staudt assumes the role in May.