June 7, 2013

Dean Phoebe A. Haddon to Step Down as Carey Law School Dean

Dear Colleagues:

I received news today I must share with you about a colleague I have come to know, trust and respect. Dean Phoebe Haddon has informed me she is stepping down as dean of the Francis King Carey School of Law at the end of the next academic year. After a sabbatical to focus on a research project on contemporary challenges in legal education, I am pleased that she will return to our faculty and teach.

Dean Haddon has done so much for our Carey School of Law and, indeed, our University.  A few of her enduring contributions include:

  • Her leadership secured a gift of $30 million from the W. P. Carey Foundation, the largest in the School's history and one of the largest ever in the University System of Maryland. Dean Haddon's leadership in securing this transformative naming gift will leave a mark on the legal profession and this University for generations to come. 

  • She played a critical role on the task force that studied the potential merger of the University System's Baltimore and College Park campuses. The fruit of that effort, the University of Maryland: MPowering the State initiative has greatly increased and improved educational opportunities for all Marylanders and established a framework for greater success in research and job creation.

  • During her tenure, Dean Haddon increased scholarships for students and worked to limit tuition increases, strengthened clinical legal education here and championed its cause across the country, and significantly increased support for scholarship and research among faculty - a key to recruiting and retaining the very best faculty.

The outstanding quality and commitment embodied in her work has provided a wonderful example to colleagues, students and the community. Within a year of her arrival The Daily Record honored Dean Haddon as one of the year's most influential Marylanders. Last year she was honored nationally as one of the 25 most influential people in legal education. And her work with the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women has been inspirational.

Dean Haddon is a deeply thoughtful leader and a staunch advocate for legal education. She has taught me much on these issues and I deeply value her counsel. I look forward to working with her in the 2013 - 2014 academic year and beyond as she returns to our faculty.  Please join me in thanking her for all she has done to date and in wishing her continued success.


Jay A. Perman, MD