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Hamline Law School Announces New Assistant Dean Darrell Davis


Darrell J. Davis brings 25 years of legal experience and a strong commitment to ‘human interests' to new role as Assistant Dean of Student and Multicultural Affairs 


Darrell J. Davis, an experienced attorney with 25 years of professional experience, has joined Hamline University School of Law as assistant dean of student and multicultural affairs. He is responsible for all matters involving student life at Hamline law school, as well as retention and supporting Hamline's commitment to enhancement of inclusive excellence in the law school.

Davis most previously was corporate attorney director at Graco, Inc., from 1992-2007. Earlier, he served as senior attorney and managed litigation at Honeywell, Inc. in Minneapolis. Davis worked as special assistant attorney general for the state of Minnesota from 1981-1986. He also has served as an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law. Davis earned a juris doctorate from the University of Minnesota School of Law and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a member of the American Corporate Counsel Association-Minnesota chapter, the American Bar Association, the Minnesota Black Lawyers Association, and the Minnesota State Bar Association.

"For the past 25 years I have represented products and assets," Davis said. "At this point in my career I want to represent human interests. Hamline University School of Law was especially attractive to me. This law school offers rigorous, professional legal education within a pro-student, family-type environment that I'm looking forward to continuing to foster."

"Hamline law students will be well served by Darrell Davis," said Hamline Law Dean Jon Garon. "He has been a dedicated mentor throughout his professional life. He is well versed in the challenges and opportunities inherent in being a law student and successful attorney, as well as a thoughtful, experienced lawyer. Most critically, Darrell is a warm and approachable professional who fits well with Hamline's collaborative culture. We are delighted that he has joined us."