Thomas Arthur, interim vice provost for international affairs,
has been named dean of the School of Law, President Bill Chace announced
on June 11.
On behalf of the University and the law school, I am delighted
that Tom Arthur has accepted my invitation to serve as dean of the
school and successor to Dean Howard Hunter, Chace said. An
extraordinary candidate emerging from the search process, he brings
a wealth of experience to the position. He has a keen intellect,
a judicious manner and a tenacious ambition. I am convinced he will
bring the school to even greater prominence and well-being.
Im very pleased with the confidence President Chace
has shown in me, Arthur said. Im even more gratified
at the affection and respect Ive received from my colleagues
at the law school throughout this process its a great
honor when you consider that Ive known and worked with many
of them for the last 10, 15 and even 20 years. Im looking
forward to building the law school of the 21st century with the
help of my faculty and staff colleagues, our students and our many
wonderful alumni and friends in the bar.
Arthur, 55, who also had been serving concurrently as interim director
of Emorys Halle Institute for Global Learning, has been a
member of the law school faculty since 1982. From 198997 he
served as the schools associate dean for academic affairs
and was co-director of the American Law Center in Moscow in 1996
Prior to his tenure at Emory, Arthur was a partner at the Washington
law firm of Kirkland & Ellis. In Atlanta, Arthur served as counsel
to Trotter, Smith & Jacobs from 198492.
I am excited about Tom Arthurs appointment on many
levels, said Ben Johnson, chair of the Board of Trustees and
a managing partner at Alston & Bird in Atlanta. He understands
the aspirations of great universities, having spent 20 years in
positions of significant responsibility at Emory.
He understands the profession as few law school deans in
America do, Johnson continued. [Arthur] understands
the increasingly global dimensions of the law and legal education,
having served as co-director of the schools American Law Center
and interim director of the Halle Institute. I pledge myself to
assisting Tom in every way possible as he leads Emorys law
school to greater achievements and even higher levels of national
visibility and respect.
Richard Freer, associate dean of faculty at the law school and
head of the deans search committee, said Arthur is perfectly
poised to lead the school as we seize the positive momentum generated
this year by interim Dean Peter Hay.
Freer added that Arthur is a respected scholar and an outstanding
He has been a leader on this faculty for many years in many
ways, and has the respect and affection of the entire community,
Freer said. The future looks very bright.
A specialist in antitrust, civil procedure and administrative law,
Arthur has been on the executive committee of the antitrust section
of the Association of American Law Schools. Several of his articles
are regarded as landmarks, and are continually cited in monographs,
casebooks and treatises on both sides of the Atlantic.
Arthur, a native of Roanoke, Va., is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate
of Duke University, and holds a J.D. degree from Yale Law School.