Leadership Transition at Rutgers Law in Camden

Sent Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018

To the Campus Community:

Michael Cahill, co-dean of Rutgers Law School in Camden, has advised me that he has been selected as the new dean of Brooklyn Law School effective July 1, 2019. He will step down as Rutgers Law co-dean on January 1, and will return to our faculty to teach Property during the spring semester.

While Michael and his family embraced, and were embraced by, our law school and campus communities, their roots are in Brooklyn. They are returning to a place they cherish as home. Please join me in wishing Michael and his family well in their new venture.

Michael joined Rutgers in July 2016. During the intervening time, Rutgers Law School has capitalized upon the opportunities presented by the merger of the Camden and Newark law schools into Rutgers Law. Enrollment at both locations has grown in terms of both student quality and population. Our impressive increase in national recognition reflects the powerhouse stature of the combined faculty and its ability to deliver innovative programs across our state. Alumni engagement also has surged. Plans to diversify and strengthen the academic profile of Rutgers Law also are advancing.

We need now to take the next steps in realizing the full benefits of the merger and securing the direction of projects on this campus. In order to build upon this energy and momentum, a proven and collaborative leader is required. I intend to appoint Kimberly Mutcherson, who currently serves as vice dean for Rutgers Law School in Camden, as our new co-dean.

In serving as co-dean, Kim would be able to work as a full partner with David Lopez, the newly appointed co-dean in Newark. Her leadership would provide both the stability and vision that would allow us the opportunity to think strategically about the future growth of the law school.

Kim is a nationally recognized scholar in the areas of health law and bioethics. She is the driving force behind an innovative new medical/legal partnership with partners in the City of Camden that is being supported by the joint Rowan/Rutgers–Camden board. Her writing has appeared in such top journals as the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, and the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism.

I will be certain to keep you apprised as details are finalized.

Phoebe A. Haddon, J.D., LL.M.

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