University of Pittsburgh
June 2, 1999


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PITTSBURGH, June 3 -- David J. Herring has been named dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, effective June 1, 1999. He has been serving as interim dean since July 1, 1998.

Herring joined the faculty of the School of Law in 1990. He was the director of the Pitt Law Clinics from 1990 to 1998, and he was associate dean for academic affairs at the Law School from 1996 to 1998.

Positions Herring held prior to coming to Pitt faculty 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 have confidence that Professor Herring will continue to provide the thoughtful academic leadership that is required to advance the School of Law to realize its goal of being recognized as one of the finest public urban law school in the United States."

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