2. UM has a new law dean, David Yellen. From the DBR:
David Yellen, who has served as chief executive officer of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver since June 2021, is set to become the new dean of the University of Miami School of Law on July 1.
When Yellen departs later this month, Brittany Kauffman will serve as interim CEO of IAALS, where she has served as a director for nine years, according to IAALS’s announcement.
Patricia D. White had served as dean of Miami Law from 1999 to 2008 and again from 2009 to 2019. Succeeding her, Anthony Varona was dean for two years.
Varona, who is slated to become dean of Seattle University School of Law on July 1, was fired by the University of Miami in May 2021, a decision that riled the law school’s faculty and outraged many of Varona’s fellow law deans across the country.
University president Julio Frenk had said in a May 25 message to the law school community that Varona attributed Varona’s ouster to lackluster fundraising. Frenk’s vague explanation and refusal to provide additional clarity on the reasons for Varona’s firing prompted speculation among legal educators across the country and at the law school that other factors may be at play. Varona is the law school’s first Latino and openly gay dean.
Following Varona’s departure, Stephen J. Schnably served as dean for approximately six weeks until Nell J. Newton was appointed as interim dean in August.