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Release Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 2:27 PM
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Rachel Mann
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Howard University Announces Search Committee for School of Law Dean

WASHINGTON (Nov. 27, 203) – Howard University Interim President Wayne A.I. Frederick has announced members of the search committee that will lead the national search for a new dean of the School of Law. The 14-member committee is comprised of students, faculty, staff, alumni and other key stakeholders.

“The Howard University School of Law has been instrumental in leading the charge for social justice, equality and civil rights," Dr. Frederick said. "The next Dean of the Law School will fortify those areas of our legacy and will also contemporize the instructional experience and grow areas that will allow our graduates strong footholds in the future job market. We want our entire Howard University community to be fully engaged.”

The search committee will be led by Dr. Bernard Richardson, Dean of the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel. Other search committee members include:
  • Rhea Ballard-Thrower, Associate Professor and Director, Howard University School of Law Library
  • The Hon. Vanessa Bryant, United States District Judge, District of Connecticut, Howard University Alumna
  • Sha-Shana Crichton, Legal Writing Instructor, Howard University School of Law
  • Aderson Francois, Professor, Howard University School of Law
  • Edward Hill, Student Bar Association Representative
  • Adam Kurland, Professor, Howard University School of Law
  • Homer La Rue, Professor, Howard University School of Law
  • Reginald McGahee, Assistant Dean of Admissions
  • Ziyad Motala, Professor, Howard University School of Law
  • Rebeca Pannick, Director, Howard University School of Law Faculty Services
  • Jazzirelle Sepulveda, student, Howard University Law School
  • Valerie Schneider, Assistant Professor, Howard University School of Law
  • Wanji Walcott, Managing Counsel, American Express Travel Related Services, Inc., Howard University School of Law Alumna

The University will engage an executive search firm to assist with the recruitment process. Advertisements for the position will be available on the University’s website and in several national publications. The search committee welcomes comments, questions and nominations.  For more information, please visit

About the Howard University School of Law
For 140 years, the Howard University School of Law has been a champion of civil rights and social justice. The School of Law has a proud tradition of producing leaders and social engineers. Through Howard’s doors have walked hundreds of the most prominent legal minds in history. Howard graduates sit in the seats of justice, walk the halls of Congress, and practice law in a variety of disciplines.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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