The Arizona Desert Lamp

UA law dean to step down

Posted in Campus by Evan Lisull on 2 September 2008

Just as the James E. Rogers College of Law is beginning to emerge from the chrysalis of a $21 million construction project, the program is shaken with a new change:

The University of Arizona is beginning a national search to replace the dean of its law school, Toni Massaro.

Massaro told faculty, students and alumni on Thursday of her decision to step down and return to teaching next year.

Massaro, 55, became the first woman to lead the James E. Rogers College of Law in 1999.

As an ancillary note, Massaro was an fairly young dean, appointed when she was only 46 years old. From a non-law-student’s perspective, it seems that Dean Massaro did a solid job on bringing in top notch speakers, including several Supreme Court judges (for example, the upcoming speaking engagement with Justice Stephen Breyer on September 8).

However, her stepping down leaves a school that is already in a transitory state with even further change to deal with we. Ideally, Dean Massaro has established an institution with enough promise to draw in some particularly keen nominees.

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