Professor Arthur F. McEvoy has been appointed as Associate Dean for Faculty Research at Southwestern Law School commencing with the 2011-12 academic year. He follows Associate Dean Michael Dorff, who has served in that capacity for the past five years and is now eager to devote more time to his own scholarship. During his tenure as the first to hold the post, Dean Dorff spearheaded a number of crucial research-related programs that he and the Faculty Development Committee initiated.
“Dean McEvoy’s wonderful combination of scholarly achievement, intellectual breath, patience, and humor will serve him well in carrying on and further building on the outstanding work that Professor Dorff did in this important office,” Southwestern Dean Bryant Garth said.
The Associate Dean for Faculty Research is responsible for supporting and developing the faculty’s scholarly research and publications, serving as point person for junior faculty concerns about scholarship, and helping facilitate submissions to scholarly journals and book publishers. The Associate Dean also organizes educational opportunities for Southwestern faculty to learn about the scholarship process, helps develop proposals for grant and fellowship opportunities, and coordinates the Visiting Speakers Series featuring faculty from around the country, among other efforts.
Dean McEvoy brings tremendous experience in legal scholarship to the post. He is a prominent expert in the fields of legal history and environmental and water law, and has been honored for his teaching and research on legal history, the environment, and labor. His book, The Fisherman’s Problem: Ecology and Law in the California Fisheries, 1895-1980 (Cambridge University Press, 1986), has garnered awards from the Law and Society Association, the American Historical Association, the American Society for Environmental History, and the North American Society for Oceanic History. His writing on law-and-environment issues has been translated into Spanish and Russian, and he has published articles on workplace safety and on natural disasters. His book in progress examines the development of modern U.S. environmental law.
“I am grateful for the honor,” Dean McEvoy said. “I will do my best to sustain the good work that Mike Dorff has done during his time in the position. I look forward to working with my colleagues to further the research enterprise at Southwestern.”
Dean McEvoy teaches in the areas of administrative law, American legal history, environmental law, water rights law, and torts. He joined the Southwestern faculty in 2008 and has held the Paul E. Treusch Professorship since 2009. He chaired the West Coast Law & Society Retreat hosted by Southwestern in February 2011.
From 1994 to 2008, Dean McEvoy was the J. Willard Hurst Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he held joint appointments in the Department of History and the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at Madison, and was chair of the Environment and Resources Program. Earlier in his career, Dean McEvoy spent 14 years on the History faculty at Northwestern University, where he was named as the Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence. He also served as a Research Fellow and co-editor of Law & Social Inquiry at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago. Dean McEvoy earned his A.B. and J.D. degrees at Stanford where he was named to Order of the Coif, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in U.S. economic history at the University of California, San Diego. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar.
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