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National Leader in Legal Education Named 10th Dean of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Jay A. Perman, MD, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), has named Donald B. Tobin, JD, dean of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Tobin succeeds Phoebe A. Haddon, JD, LLM, who will step down as dean at the end of the 2013-2014 academic year.

Tobin comes to UMB from Ohio State University, where he was the John C. Elam/Vorys Sater Professor of Law at the Michael E. Moritz College of Law. During his 13 years at the Moritz College of Law, Tobin held numerous academic appointments that include: founding co-director of the Program on Law and Leadership, dean for faculty, and associate dean for academic affairs.

"Dean Tobin has the perfect blend of experience and skills to lead Carey Law," says Perman. "He has a record of leading through collaboration, a strong belief in social responsibility and public service, and a commitment to providing students practice ready skills and helping them achieve professional success."

"A great law school needs one thing: great people," says Tobin. "One of the things that drew me to Maryland Carey Law is that you have that here - great students, great faculty, and great staff."

Tobin comes to UMB with already strong Maryland ties. A native of Columbia, Md., and a graduate of Oakland Mills High School, Tobin received his JD degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. He served on U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes'legislative staff, was a staff member of the Senate Committee on the Budget specializing in tax and budget issues, and clerked for Judge Francis Murnaghan Jr., who was on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals here in Baltimore. He also served as an appellate staff attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice's Tax Division. Tobin is a member of the Maryland Bar; as well as of the bars of the Maryland Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Court for Maryland.

"I am delighted to welcome Dean Tobin to UM Carey Law," says Mary Ellen Barbera, JD, '84, chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals. "I am confident he will build on the law school's outstanding reputation and further its commitment to social justice and public service to all Marylanders."

"We must build on our strengths and continue our efforts to create new and innovative programs that serve our students and our community," says Tobin. "Maryland is a state with great growth and great innovation. The health law program, environmental law program, and dispute resolution and health and homeland security centers build on tremendous strengths here at Maryland. And the business law and intellectual property programs build on the incredible opportunities that Maryland's technology and business sectors provide."

In addition, Tobin says, "UM Carey Law is a national leader in providing experiential learning opportunities for students, and students at UM Carey Law are making a difference in the community."

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Donald Tobin as our new dean," says Christine Edwards, JD '83, Partner, Winston and Strawn; chair, UM Carey Law Board of Visitors; and member of the dean's search committee. "An impressive scholar, he also brings political, legal and executive credentials to the deanship. That is a powerful combination for the leader of any law school today. The Board of Visitors and I look forward to working with Donald Tobin for many years ahead."

"Professor Tobin grasps our law school's longstanding commitment to integrating legal theory and practice, to scholarship, to public service and to making our profession as diverse as the public it serves," says Barbara Gontrum, JD, MS, UM Carey associate dean for academic affairs, and co-chair of the dean's search committee. "His values match our own beautifully; we are fortunate to have him lead our community."

One of the nation's leading experts on the intersection of tax and campaign finance laws, Tobin is co-author of the textbook Federal Income Tax: A Contemporary Approach, Principles of Federal Income Tax, the Concise Hornbook Series, and a textbook on tax ethics,Problems in Tax Ethics.
Posting Date: 04/14/2014
Contact Name: Jill Yesko
Contact Phone: 410-706-3803
Contact Email: jyesko@umaryland.edu