University of Pittsburgh
February 19, 1998


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PITTSBURGH, Feb. 20 -- "Change," the journal of the American Association for Higher Education, has named Peter M. Shane, dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, one of forty "Young Leaders of the Academy."

A survey, sent nationwide to over 11,000 members of the higher education community in an effort to identify today's higher education leaders, resulted in 404 nominations in the "Young Leader" category, from whom 40 were chosen for recognition.

Shane was recognized, in part, for an administrative career focused on "institution building." As noted in "Change," he co-founded the Section for the Law School Dean of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and was a founding dean of the American Bar Association's African Law Initiative. He chairs the program committee of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) and is helping to reorganize CLEO as an aggressive entrepreneurial organization to develop opportunities for minority students in legal education.

Projects he has helped to start at the University of Pittsburgh include the Center for International Legal Education, the Alliance for Business and Legal Education, and the University of Pittsburgh Interdisciplinary Legal Theory Workshop. "Good leadership," he believes, "involves facilitating the creation of structures and processes that will help good ideas thrive no matter who's at the helm."

Shane is also known nationally as an expert in constitutional and administrative law, and on law and the presidency. He taught at the University of Iowa for 13 years prior to assuming the Pittsburgh deanship in 1994.

Former chair of AALS Sections on Administrative Law and on Remedies, Shane has served on the AALS Membership Review Committee. He was appointed a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, and has served on the Council of the ABA Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.

A Harvard College and Yale Law graduate, Shane clerked for the late Alvin B. Rubin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and worked from 1978-1981 in the U.S. Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel and the Office of Management and Budget. He is a co-author of two leading casebooks, "Administrative Law: The American Public Law System" and "Separation of Powers Law." Shane also has written extensively on school desegregation, constitutional remedies, regulatory policy making, executive privilege, and other constitutional and administrative law topics.