Mark Grunewald Appointed Interim Dean of Washington and Lee University School of Law

Lexington, VA Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Prof. Mark Grunewald
Mark Grunewald, the James P. Morefield Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University, has been named interim dean of the W&L School of Law, effective July 1, 2010.

Announcement of Grunewald's appointment was made today by Washington and Lee Provost June Aprille.

Washington and Lee's current dean, Rodney Smolla, is leaving to become president of Furman University in Greeneville, S.C.

"It gives me great pleasure to announce that Professor Grunewald will assume this position," Aprille said. "He has the full confidence of both the law faculty and the University administration as the right person to lead the school during this transitional period."

Grunewald has been a member of the law faculty since 1976, and has taught and written widely in the areas of labor and employment law and administrative law. He has served on many key committees in the School of Law, and has chaired several, including recently the Educational Planning and Curriculum Committee and the Self-study for American Bar Association Accreditation.

In addition, Grunewald's administrative experience includes his having served as associate dean from 1992 to 1996 and previously as interim dean during the 1999-2000 academic year.

Grunewald also has been an elected member of the President's Advisory Committee and is currently a faculty representative to the Board of Trustees.

Grunewald received his B.A. from Emory University and his J.D. with highest honors from George Washington University, where he was editor-in-chief of the George Washington Law Review.

Prior to joining the W&L faculty, he was an attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel, and before that, an associate in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Arent, Fox, Kitner, Plotkin & Kahn.

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