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Stanford Law School Picks Mary Elizabeth Magill To Lead

Publication Date: 
July 25, 2012
San Jose Mercury News
Lisa M. Krieger

Incoming Stanford Law School Dean Mary Elizabeth "Liz" Magill is featured in this San Jose Mercury News article in regards to her new role at the law school as its 13th dean.

Stanford University Law School has turned to Virginia for its next leader: Mary Elizabeth Magill, vice dean of the University of Virginia's law school, where she has taught since 1997 and oversees the school's curriculum, student records and student affairs.

"Everyone who knows Liz Magill is impressed by her creative and insightful approach to problems and her skill at engaging a community in their solution," Stanford Provost John Etchemendy said in the Monday announcement.

Magill will assume her new position Sept. 1, succeeding Larry Kramer, who is departing to head the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.


Stanford Law School is an extraordinary law school," Magill said. "It has had a remarkable series of leaders and, as a result, is today the most innovative law school in the country. I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve as its next dean."


"Our family gatherings are a little like law firm parties," Magill joked in a 2008 interview. "I thought seriously about studying history ... but decided I wanted to become a legal academic because my work could be connected to the everyday world and I would also have the capacity to advocate on behalf of others."