University of Pittsburgh
April 15, 1998


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PITTSBURGH, Apr. 16 -- David J. Herring has been named interim dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, effective July 1, 1998. He is currently associate dean for academic affairs, director of the legal clinics and professor of law at the Law School.

Positions Herring has held prior to joining the Pitt faculty in 1990 include Bigelow Teaching Fellow and lecturer in law at the University of Chicago School of Law, assistant state's attorney in the Criminal Appeals Division of the Cook County (Illinois) State's Attorney Office, and clinical assistant professor of law and supervising attorney in the University of Michigan Child Advocacy Law Clinic. He has both BBA and JD degrees from the University of Michigan.

He is the recipient of a 1998 Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award, and he won the 1997 Children's Voice Award from the Allegheny County Court Appointed Special Advocates Program. His research interests focus primarily on child welfare and family law, and his grants have contributed to the support of the Family Support Legal Clinic, the Elder Law Clinic, and the Health Law Clinic in the Pitt School of Law.

In announcing the appointment, Provost James V. Maher said: "I appreciate Professor Herring's willingness to step forward to help the School of Law define its future and to help the University reach its aspiration of having an even more outstanding Law School."