June 25, 2009
As the law school continues its search for a permanent dean to replace Lawrence Ponoroff, who has served as dean at Tulane Law School since 2001, Stephen M. Griffin has agreed to serve as interim dean for an appointment of up to two years, effective July 1, 2009. Griffin currently is the Rutledge C. Clement Jr. Professor in Constitutional Law and vice dean for Academic Affairs at Tulane School of Law.
“I very much appreciate the confidence shown by [Tulane University President] Scott Cowen and [Provost] Michael Bernstein in appointing me interim dean of the Law School,” Griffin said, following President Cowen’s announcement. “But I am even more grateful for the support and the trust placed in me by the faculty. I look forward to working with everyone over the coming months.”
In welcoming Griffin to his new position, the latest in his long service to the university, President Cowen said he was optimistic with the appointment. “Steve, who has been a law school faculty member since 1989, brings commitment, breadth of experience and depth of knowledge that will ensure the continued growth of Tulane Law School, which is ranked among the nation’s best.”
Before coming to Tulane, Griffin served as a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago and a research instructor at New York University. He has published over 30 articles, book chapters, and reviews on topics ranging from Rawls's theory of justice to the theory of American constitutional interpretation. He is also the author of American Constitutionalism: From Theory to Politics, which was published by Princeton University Press and the recently published Lexis reader, Constitutional Theory: Arguments and Perspectives.
Renowned for his scholarship and passion as a teacher, Griffin has won both the Sumter Marks Award in recognition of his publications and the Felix Frankfurter Distinguished Teaching Award, given by the graduating class.
“At a crucial moment in its history, the Law School is very fortunate indeed to have a senior colleague of Steve Griffin’s skill, caliber, and accomplishment at its helm,” said Michael Bernstein, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. “Please join me in welcoming Steve as the Interim Dean and in thanking him for his service and commitment to the Tulane Law School.”