UofL Brandeis School of Law selects new dean from Tulane University

Colin Crawford, soon to be the next dean at UofL’s Brandeis School of Law

The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law has selected Colin Crawford to be its next dean effective Jan. 1, 2018, pending final approval by a vote of the university’s board of trustees.

Crawford is a professor of environmental law at Tulane University’s law school, where he directs their global development graduate program and the university’s international development studies. He beat out two other final candidates — both associate deans, one at the University of Toledo College of Law, the other at Duquesne University School of Law.

“I am honored and delighted to be able to join the University of Louisville community as the next dean of the Brandeis School of Law,” stated Crawford in UofL’s press relase. “Louisville and Brandeis have long and impressive traditions, and I look forward to building upon the solid foundation laid by my predecessors.”

Crawford also called this “a homecoming of sorts,” as his father was born and partly raised in western Kentucky and “the state has always had a special place in my heart. So the chance to work with Louisville faculty, staff, students, alums and the larger community is an unparalleled and very special opportunity indeed.”

Crawford received his law degree from Harvard University and is an expert in international development and law, with his research focused on environmental justice and land-use issues. He has extensive international experience, teaching in the past in Colombia and Brazil, and currently serving as a visiting professor at the Carlos III University in Madrid, Spain.

Once Crawford takes over next year, he will be the first permanent dean of the Brandeis School of Law in nearly six years — as longtime interim dean Susan Duncan recently was removed from consideration as a candidate from the permanent position. Duncan recently accepted a position as dean of the University of Mississippi School of Law, and will leave her position at Brandeis on July 1.

Lars Smith, a Brandeis law professor and UofL’s associate dean for academic affairs, was selected to be the interim dean of the law school until Crawford’s arrival, from July 1 through the end of this year.

“I look forward to Colin’s arrival,” stated UofL interim provost Dale Billingsley in the press release. “His extensive research, global view and focus on finding solutions to important and current legal issues are a perfect fit for UofL.”

This story has been updated.