Blake Morant has been named the next dean of The George Washington University School of Law and will begin his deanship on September 1. In addition he will be the Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law. Morant had most recently been dean and professor of law at the Wake Forest University School of Law.
In the university announcement of his appointment GW President Steven Knapp said, “Blake Morant is not only a seasoned dean but also a national leader in legal education. He brings to this important position a proven record of accomplishments, and his extensive leadership experience will make him an extremely valuable addition to our law school and the entire university.”
Morant had served as the dean of the law school at Wake since 2007. Prior to Wake he spent a decade at Washington and Lee University School of Law as both an administrator and a professor. He has also taught at the law schools at American University, the University of Toledo, the University of Michigan, and the University of Alabama. In practice Morant was an attorney in the United States Army’s Judge Advocate General Corps, a law firm associate, and Assistant General Counsel for The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
His experience as a law school administrator has earned him the respect of peers nationwide. He is currently the President-Elect of The Association of American Law Schools the organization which represents 176 law schools representing and thousands of law school faculty members.
Morant earned a bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric and Communication and his law degree from the University of Virginia.
When Morant assumes his new role he will take over from interim dean Gregroy Maggs. Maggs’ appointment was not without controversy. Back in 2012 GW Law Professor W. Burlette Carter alleged racial bias in the decision to overlook the law school’s Senior Associate Dean Christopher Bracey for the interim dean’s position.
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