by Max Brantley
John DiPippa sent a message today that he'll be stepping down as dean of the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law June 30 to return to teaching in the fall. An interim dean will serve during the 2012-13 academic year while a search is conducted for a permanent replacement.
His note follows:
Bowen Alumni and Friends:
Today, I announced that I am stepping down as dean of the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law effective June 30, 2012. I will return full time to the classroom during the fall 2012 semester. Of course, I never really left the classroom because I taught at least one course during most semesters I was dean.
In addition to spending more time with my family, especially my beautiful granddaughter and step-grandaughter, I wanted to spend more time on scholarly pursuits. A textbook on law and public service, the third edition of The Counselor-at-Law: A Collaborative Approach to Client Interviewing and Counseling, and an academic support book are in the works. In addition, I’m going to work closely with the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service to develop further the ties between the two schools especially the Juris Doctor/Master of Public Service concurrent degree program.
Working together during the last three and a half years, we have accomplished important things for our students and the law school:
Completed successful reaccreditation process with the American Bar Association
Raised a total of $3.3 million in current and future financial commitments
Revitalized the Bowen Alumni Association
Established new concurrent degree programs with the UALR College of Business and the UAMS College of Pharmacy
Completed the endowment of numerous scholarships
Instituted an annual Alumni Scholarship Luncheon
Adopted a comprehensive and cutting edge set of core competencies for our graduates— focused on the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to practice law
Raised admission standards three years in a row
Executed a highly successful and nationally renowned Altheimer Symposium on public service
Hired experienced fundraising and communications people and developed effective fundraising and communications plans
Renovated the student lounge, Friday Courtroom and faculty library, focusing on the latest technology to improve learning
Increased faculty budgets for research assistants, travel and conference presentations and teaching incentives, and increased summer stipends
Increased the number of faculty administrative assistants
Named Annabelle Imber Tuck as our first Jurist-in-Residence/Public Service Fellow
Started two successful programs bringing students in contact with lawyers and judges in informal settings
Hired two experienced professors in the nationally ranked Bowen Legal Writing Program
Interim Provost Sandra Robertson will appoint an interim dean for the Bowen School of Law, and this individual will be in place to begin the 2012-2013 academic year. During that year, the university will launch a national search to find a new dean for the school.
I know that Bowen will continue to be a place for students to take advantage of the unique opportunities in Little Rock - the legal, political, financial, commercial, geographic and cultural center of the state. Our faculty and staff will continue to make sure that students learn professionalism and the value of public service, and the school will continue to provide access to justice for all members of the community well into the future.
I thank you for all the support you have shown the school — and me — over the past few years. Please continue that support for the interim dean and the school’s new dean. With your help, we will continue to ensure Bowen remains the logical choice for students interested in a high quality, cost-effective legal education in the heart of Arkansas’ capital city.
John M. A. DiPippa
Dean and Distinguished
Professor of Law and Public Policy