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Douglass named UR law dean

John G. Douglass, the acting dean at the University of Richmond law school who at first said he wasn’t interested in the permanent job, has been named dean of the school.

In announcing the appointment, UR President Edward L. Ayers said, “Dean Douglass has provided strong interim leadership, and I am delighted that he has agreed to lead the school for the longer term and build on its ever-increasing momentum.”

A graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School, where he was editor of the law review, Douglass joined the UR faculty in 1996. He had worked for 15 years before that as a federal prosecutor and as a civil litigator for two Richmond law firms.

He teaches evidence and criminal law and procedure and received UR’s distinguished educator award in 1999.

Douglas was named interim Dean after his predecessor, Rodney A. Smolla left UR to become dean of the Washington and Lee University law school.

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