Washington University School of Law News and Events: Interim Dean

Washington University School of Law Prof. Daniel Keating to Serve as Interim Dean

Kent D. Syverud, JD, dean and the Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished University Professor, was recently named Syracuse University’s next chancellor. To fill Dean Syverud’s role, Holden Thorp, PhD, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at Washington University in St. Louis, has appointed an eight-member committee to identify candidates for the position of dean of the School of Law.

During the search process, Daniel Keating, JD, the Tyrrell Williams Professor of Law, will serve as interim dean. At the law school, Keating has served twice as interim dean, as well as vice dean and associate dean.

“Dan Keating has stepped up time and time again to serve his school,” Thorp said. “He enjoys the respect of his colleagues and the confidence of the administration in steering the law school through this interim period.”

Thorp and the search committee will work to have a new law dean in place by July 1, 2014.

Find out more about the search for the new Dean of the School of Law, visit the Washington University School of Law Newsroom.

Renowned Internet copyright lawyer, political activist Lawrence Lessig delivered two lectures Oct. 10

Lawrence Lessig, a popular TED Talks presenter, discussed reclaiming our government and bringing copyright law into the Internet Age during an Assembly Series talk at Washington University School of Law on October 10.

For more information on these and future Assembly Series programs, visit the Assembly Series home page.

Washington University School of Law Faculty in the News:

Prof. Elizabeth Sepper: Contraception mandate debate leads to worrisome ‘corporate conscience’ concept

The controversy and legal battles in the U.S. surrounding the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act have led to a new – and worrisome – legal concept: the idea of a “corporate conscience,” warns Elizabeth Sepper, who teaches at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.

Sepper wrote an article on the issue, “Contraception and the Birth of Corporate Conscience,” which will be published in a forthcoming issue of the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law.

In the article, Sepper contends the dangerous doctrine of “corporate conscience” has begun to emerge as courts endow secular, inanimate businesses with inherently human religious and moral beliefs to excuse them from complying with the law.

Contraception mandate - can a corporation have a conscience?

Read more from Washington University School of Law faculty member Elizabeth Sepper in Sepper’s original article on the Social Science Research Network.

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