Dean Emeritus Bryant Garth to Receive Honorary Degree
The Southwestern Board of Trustees will confer an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree on Dean Emeritus Bryant G. Garth at the law school’s 99th Commencement Ceremony on May 18, 2014.
Dean Garth is one of the most prominent international scholars on the legal profession, dispute resolution, globalization and the rule of law. He was appointed as Southwestern’s tenth dean in 2005 after many years as the Director of the American Bar Foundation. Prior to that, he served as Dean and Professor of Law at Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington. He is currently the Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law and Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law at Southwestern.
During Dean Garth’s seven-year tenure as Southwestern’s Dean and Chief Executive Officer, the law school advanced at an accelerated pace in virtually all areas, including curricular innovations, student services, faculty and staff development, fund raising, diversity, academic support, and campus enhancement and expansion. He spearheaded historic initiatives in many important areas, from partnerships with world renowned academic institutions such as The Drucker Graduate School of Management and the Pardee RAND Graduate School, to the construction of the law school’s first on-campus student residential complex. He also enjoyed teaching every first-year student during his special sessions on professionalism and building a career in the law.
Dean Garth was also instrumental in major fundraising for the law school’s first faculty chairs and other precedent setting programs. As a philanthropist himself, he secured a $1 million gift for the establishment of the faculty research and retention fund from the Montgomery Foundation, where he serves as president.
A former editor-in-chief of the Stanford Journal of International Studies, Dean Garth is the author or co-author of more than 20 books and 107 articles, and was co-editor of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Journal of Legal Education. He has served as a consultant to such entities as the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development and major philanthropic foundations. In recent years, Dean Garth has addressed more than 100 forums across the U.S. and in a dozen foreign countries. He has held numerous leadership positions within the ABA and the AALS, currently chairing the Advisory Board of the Law School Survey of Student Engagement and serving on the Executive Coordinating Committee of the pioneering “After the J.D.” study of lawyer careers. The National Jurist recently named Dean Garth among the top 25 most influential people in legal education in 2012 and 2013.