Berkeley Law acting dean going to Columbia

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Berkeley Law acting dean going to Columbia

The next dean of Columbia Law School will be Gillian Lester, who is currently the acting dean at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she has been a professor since 2006.

Columbia President Lee Bollinger announced on Wednesday that Ms Gillian Lester will assume Columbia’s deanship on January 1, 2015. David Schizer, acting Dean at Columbia Law School since 2004, will step down from the post at the end of the year. Ms Lester will remain acting dean of Berkeley School of Law this summer and will be on Berkeley's faculty through the fall semester, according to a Berkeley Law news release.

Gillian Lester, 49 years old, holds degrees from Stanford Law School and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, and began her teaching career at UCLA. She has been a professor of employment law and policy at University of California at Berkeley’s law school since 2006. She has also served as the co-director of the Berkeley Center for Health, Economic and Family Security and as an associate dean for the J.D. program and curricular planning. She became acting dean in 2013.

Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger called Lester a “wonderful scholar, teacher, and emerging academic leader” in an email to the Columbia community.

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