April 5, 2001

Good Morning:

I have some more good news to report about another senior level academic appointment at the university. I am very pleased to announce that Lawrence Ponoroff, Mitchell Franklin Professor of Private and Commercial Law and Vice Dean of the Tulane School of Law, will become its dean, effective July 1, 2001. Larry's appointment comes at the conclusion of a nine month national search to find a successor to Dean Edward Sherman.

Larry is a nationally known scholar as well as an experienced academic administrator and practicing attorney. Larry joined the law school faculty in 1994 and assumed the position of Vice Dean in 1998. Prior to joining the Tulane faculty he was a Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Administration at the University of Toledo College of Law. In addition, Larry has been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan. Before entering academia in 1986, he was a partner in the law firm of Holme Roberts & Owens.

Larry is the recipient of numerous awards for his scholarship, teaching and community service. A frequent speaker at academic and professional meetings, Larry is known and respected for his extensive experience and accomplishments in legal education and practice. This background will serve him well in his new position.

Professor Ponoroff received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University in Chicago and his Juris Doctor from the Stanford Law School. He and his wife, Monica, have four children.

I want to thank Interim Provost Paul Barron and the dean's search committee, ably chaired by Professor Keith Werhan, for their hard work in bringing this search to a successful conclusion.

I hope you will all join me in congratulating Larry on his appointment. To read more about this appointment visit the online news release.


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