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Former Dean Verkuil lauded for reviving good-government agency

August 20, 2015


Former Tulane Law Dean Paul Verkuil is stepping down after five years as chair of the Administrative Conference of the United States, The National Law Journal's Tony Mauro reports.

"Former Law Dean Brings Federal Agency Back to Life," reads the headline as the National Law Journal's Tony Mauro writes about Paul Verkuil's five-year tenure as head of a resurrected Administrative Conference of the United States.

Mauro writes: 

After serving as dean of two law schools, president of a university and special master in a U.S. Supreme Court case, Paul Verkuil was handed a more daunting task in 2010: reviving a federal agency that had been zero-funded for 15 years. 

“Standing up an agency is quite a challenge. I had to buy furniture. And there was no office space. I did it in six months,” said Verkuil, former dean of Tulane University Law School and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and former president of the College of William and Mary. He served as special master for the high court from 1994 to 1997 in the dispute between New York and New Jersey over Ellis Island. 

Verkuil was Tulane Law dean in 1978-85 and continues to be an avid supporter. In 2014, he and his wife, Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin, endowed the Paul R. Verkuil Faculty Research Fund to promote Tulane's legal scholarship.

Now, he's stepping down as chair of the Administrative Conference, an independent federal agency within the executive branch that’s dedicated to improving government performance. 

More from the NLJ interview:

Five years after the relaunch, Verkuil is wrapping up his tenure, but not leaving until his replacement is in place. “This is like my family,” Verkuil told The National Law Journal. “I hired everybody. I believe in it, and I want to make sure it’s in good hands before I leave.” 

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