The honors continue to come in for Dean Phoebe A. Haddon of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Recently voted one of the 25 most influential people in legal education in 2012, as the result of a process conducted by The National Jurist, she, Professor Sherrilyn Ifill, and Board of Visitors member Ava Lias-Booker '86 have been named to the Power 100 list by the media company On Being a Black Lawyer.
The National Jurist, a magazine aimed at law school students and those interested in law school, solicited nominations from every law school in the country, received more than 85, narrowed the list down to 50 and then asked 350 people involved in legal education, including every law school dean, to rate each nominee based on how much they had been influenced by him or her within the last year. The magazine will rank the finalists in order of influence in its January issue.
In addition to Dean Haddon, the list includes the law school deans of Georgetown, Duke, UC Davis, UC Irvine, American University Washington College of Law, and Wake Forest. It also includes the dean of UC Hastings College of Law, Frank Wu, who was a visiting professor at UM Carey Law and made news by shrinking the size of the entering class at his law school. Others who made the list include professors and the co-founder of a not-for-profit who have called for reforms of the traditional law school model.
OBABL's editorial team, with a group of advisers, researched candidates mentioned in trade publications, blogs, and critical reviews. They selected among law school deans, business executives, law firm partners, newsmakers, public officials, activists, and others.
Ifill, who recently announced she was taking a leave from the School to become president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, was listed among the "social engineers" group of civil rights attorneys. Lias-Booker, of McGuire Woods, made the list as a law firm partner. Others selected by OBABL include U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, DeMaurice Smith of the National Football League Players Association, and Kenneth Chenault of American Express.
Haddon has accepted a number of awards and honors since being appointed dean of the UM Carey School of Law in 2009. She received the 2011 Great Teacher Award from the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT). In 2010 she was honored by The Daily Record as one of the yearýs most Influential Marylanders and by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. She 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 SALT, as a member of the executive committee of the Association of American Law Schools, and a trustee of the Law School Admissions Council.
"I'm so pleased to see Dean Haddon recognized by her peers as a top legal educator," says Jay A. Perman, MD, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore. "Dean Haddon has embraced her role as a leader in legal education. She promotes high standards and innovative ideas, and is fearless when confronting the challenges of running a top-tier law school."