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New University of Baltimore Law Dean

The University of Baltimore School of Law has a new dean. Ronald Weich, former Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs at the Department of Justice, will take the helm at UB.

I discuss now Dean Weich and the other candidates for the top spot at UB law school here. He was my original second choice who was later ( via sour grapes ) upgraded to my first choice.

Weich has a great pedigree. He went to law school at Yale and was chief counsel to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, counsel to former Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter and the late Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy. He has been at the Justice Department since President Obama was elected.

The downside to my new boss at UB? When you are in the game as deeply as Weich has been, you invariably find controversy. He has been accused of falsely telling Senator Chuck Grassley that the agency does not allow guns to “walk” into the hand of criminals when the infamous “Fast and Furious” gun tracking operation was doing just that.

It will be interesting to see how this all play out. There are so many crosswinds impacting UB right now it is hard to know. The two biggest? We are moving into an amazing new facility at the same time everyone is getting wise to the idea that a good law school education may not lead to a good job in this economy.

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  • Tony

    And what an idea that is! I just finished “Failing Law Schools” which I’m sure is in demand among law faculty. Depressing, and worse, because there is today little or no opportunity in law school for an achiever from a low income family to improve his circumstances in one generation by attending law school.