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Dean Jon M. Garon to Step Down in 2008

garonJon M. Garon will step down as dean of the Hamline University School of Law in July 2008, concluding five years of service in which he strengthened the school's academic profile, expanded donor support, increased its international presence, and launched a series of innovative academic programs, including Hamline's Health Law Institute and the nation's first JD/MFA in creative writing. Following a sabbatical, Garon will return to Hamline, teaching full-time in the School of Law. Hamline will immediately launch a national search for a new dean for the law school; the new dean will take over duties in July 2008.

Dr. Linda N. Hanson, president of Hamline University, said. "We are grateful to Jon for his leadership and vision as dean of the law school, and we are pleased he will remain a faculty member at Hamline."

During the first four years of Garon's term, the School of Law significantly increased its faculty size, expanding the facilities and remodeling its classrooms to better serve its student body. Garon oversaw the creation and development of the Hamline Health Law Institute, adding a powerful academic voice on issues of health care policy and access to health care. Hamline has also added a health law clinic to provide direct client service in this area. At the same time, the Hamline Dispute Resolution Institute has risen to third in the nation as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. Garon has been personally involved in many of the law school's international efforts, including an expanded LLM for international lawyers, and a full-time JD externship program, which places students both domestically and abroad. To support these efforts, Garon has taught or lectured in Bangalore, India; Bergen, Norway; and Rome, Italy. He has also worked closely with leadership from nonprofit organizations such as the Somali Justice Advocacy Center, Centro Legal, The Innocence Project, and other nonprofit organizations to strengthen their presence in the legal community and provide meaningful opportunity for law students to engage in pro bono activities and make a positive social impact while still in law school. Garon has continued to serve as a faculty member and scholar throughout his term as dean. His most recent book, Own It - The Law & Business Guide to Launching a New Business through Innovation, Exclusivity and Relevance, will be published later this month. Garon also served Hamline in a dual role, acting as interim dean for the Hamline University Graduate School of Management in 2005-06.

"I have truly enjoyed becoming part of the Hamline community," Garon said. "I am excited to continue my service as an active member of the Hamline law faculty and a member of the Minnesota legal community."


"I am extremely grateful for the support alumni have given Hamline University School of Law during its first thirty-five years," he continued, "and I am proud to have been part of that tradition during my term as dean. "

Follow this link to read Dean Garon's complete message to alumni.


Hamline University School of Law is a collaborative community in which students work together to best serve their clients and society. Its students graduate ready to find solutions, solve problems and transform the world. Creative and innovative teaching and learning attract a diverse student body of nearly 4,600 undergraduate and graduate students to Hamline University. Challenged to create and apply knowledge in local and global contexts, Hamline students develop an individual and community ethic of social justice, civic responsibility, and inclusive leadership and service.

Ranked first in quality and value in Minnesota among comprehensive master's universities with criteria determined by U.S. News & World Report, Hamline is also Minnesota's first university, founded in 1854, and among the first co-educational institutions in the nation.