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Hamline School of Law Leadership Change


School of Law Dean Jean Holloway has accepted a new role, returning to private practice. Her last official day at Hamline will be March 31, although she will continue to be involved in the American Bar Association (ABA) accreditation process for Mitchell|Hamline School of Law. Hamline School of Law faculty have elected professor and former associate dean, Marie Failinger, to serve as interim dean, and Hamline President Linda N. Hanson has approved this appointment.

"Jean Holloway has been an exceptional dean of the Hamline School of Law during a time of historic change for legal education,” Hanson said. “Her leadership in working through the combination of the two law schools has been pivotal to our proposal to the ABA for acquiescence. We commend Dean Holloway for her dedicated service."

Interim Dean Failinger will be responsible for continuing the integration of the law school as planned, including working with the incoming president of Mitchell|Hamline School of Law, Mark Gordon of Defiance College, who begins on July 1 as dean and president of William Mitchell College of Law. The integration of the law schools is well underway on multiple levels, and the change in leadership will not impact the combination plans. Jean Holloway will return to Hamline during the upcoming ABA site visit and also be present for the hearing by the ABA accrediting body when the proposed combination will be considered. Dean Holloway’s connection to the law school will likely continue well into the future.

Please join the Hamline community in showing appreciation for Dean Holloway's contributions to the law school at a farewell reception on Wednesday, April 8 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Hamline University School of Law atrium and lobby. A short program will begin at 5 p.m. Please RSVP to president@hamline.edu.