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W&L’s Morant named dean at Wake law school


Blake Morant, who has been a member of the Washington and Lee law faculty for 10 years, has been named dean of the Wake Forest University law school. He starts his new job July 1.

Morant’s teaching specialties are in contracts, administrative law and communications law. He is the current associate dean for academic affairs at W&L Law and served as director of the school’s Frances Lewis Law Center from 2001 to 2006. During his tenure as director, Morant organized a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the law center, featuring a keynote address by the late U.S. District Judge Robert R. Merhige Jr.

He is a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia Gender Bias Task Force. In 2000, he sponsored a colloquium on the findings of the Virginia Supreme Court’s taskforce investigating gender bias in the courts of the Commonwealth; the remarks from that colloquium were published in the Washington and Lee Law Review the following year.

A seven-year man at the University of Virginia, Morant worked in several capacities for the Office of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General before entering academia. He taught law at American University and the University of Toledo before joining the W&L faculty in 1997.

One comment

  1. A great hire for my alma mater. He reportedly was the first choice of all the involved constituencies.

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