Pritzker School of Law dean to step down after 2017-18 academic year


Source: Jim Prisching

Pritzker School of Law Dean Daniel Rodriguez, M.K. Pritzker, J.B. Pritzker, University President Morton Schapiro and former Board of Trustees chairman William Osborn pose for a photo at the announcement of the Pritzker family’s $100 million donation to the law school. Rodriguez plans to step down as dean at the end of this academic year.

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Pritzker School of Law Dean Daniel Rodriguez will step down after this academic year, Provost Jonathan Holloway announced Tuesday.

Rodriguez will take a one-year sabbatical during the 2018-19 academic year to continue his work as a council member of the American Law Institute and a member of the advisory board of the American Bar Association’s Center on Innovation, according to a news release. Rodriguez currently teaches as the Harold Washington professor at the Pritzker School of Law and will return to the school’s faculty full-time.

Under his leadership, the law school’s curriculum expanded to include a Master of Science in Law degree and a Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship concentration.

“I am proudest of mobilizing real change in educational programming, maintaining our commitment to excellence and rigor while also leveraging our great reputation to establish bold new models of professional education for a changing world,” Rodriguez said in the release.

Nearly $220 million has been raised during Rodriguez’s tenure in the “Motion to Lead” campaign, including the $100 million naming gift made by J.B. Pritzker and M.K. Pritzker, according to the release.

Holloway will oversee the search for Rodriguez’s successor, the release said.

“I have a deep appreciation and admiration for Dan Rodriguez’s six years of extraordinary service,” Holloway said in the release. “From the historic Pritzker naming gift to groundbreaking educational programs … and a rising global reputation, the law school has never been stronger and its future has never been brighter.”

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