New dean for BYU Law School

Brigham Young University announced James R. Rasband as the new dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School on April 17. Brother Rasband’s appointment is effective June 15; he previously worked in BYU’s general administration as an associate academic vice president for faculty.

Brother Rasband will be the sixth permanent dean in the 36-year history of BYU Law School. The list of previous deans:

Rex E. Lee, 1973-81

Carl S. Hawkins, 1981-85

Bruce C. Hafen, 1985-89

H. Reese Hansen, 1989-2004

Kevin J Worthen, 2004-08

James D. Gordon III (interim), 2008-09

Brother Rasband graduated from BYU with a Bachelor’s degree in 1986. Three years later, he earned a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. After a clerkship with the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Brother Rasband worked in private practice in Seattle, Wash., for several years. In 1995 he joined the faculty of the J. Reuben Clark Law School, and from 2004-07 he was an associate dean for research and academic affairs at the law school. His tenure as associate academic vice president for faculty was announced in December 2007 and commenced Jan. 14, 2008.

“Jim Rasband will be a superb dean,” BYU Academic Vice President John S. Tanner said. “I have worked closely with Jim for two years. He has tremendous gifts of mind and heart, along with high standards, people skills, administrative experience, and a love for the law school. I expect the school to flourish under his leadership.”

The J. Reuben Clark deanship opened up in June 2008 when Kevin J Worthen vacated the post to become advancement vice president of BYU. James D. Gordon III has been serving as the law school’s interim dean during the 2008-09 school year.

Brother Rasband is married to Mary Williams Rasband and they have four children.

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