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David Wippman

The University has chosen David Wippman to lead the Law School.

U names Wippman new dean of Law School

December 17, 2007

On December 17, University of Minnesota Provost Thomas Sullivan named professor David Wippman as dean of the University of Minnesota Law School. Pending approval by the Board of Regents, Wippman will start the new position July 1.

Wippman will be the 10th dean of the Law School, which is consistently ranked in the top 20 law schools in the nation.

"David Wippman is an eminent scholar, a trusted and collegial leader, a highly admired teacher, and an experienced practitioner, with the very highest aspirations for our great law school," says Sullivan. "I am confident that we have chosen one of the very finest deans in the country to lead our law school forward, locally, nationally and internationally."

Search committee member and former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale adds, "David Wippman has a unique blend of leadership that will inspire and engage our alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends. I'm very excited about the new dean. He's simply remarkable on so many levels. Once you get to know him you will see why he's already generated so much enthusiasm from our community. And let's not forget he's a son of Minnesota."

Wippman, 53, was born in St. Louis Park. He now lives in New York with his wife, Meredith, and their two children, Brianna and Lauren.

"I'm very excited about the new dean. He's simply remarkable on so many levels. Once you get to know him you will see why he's already generated so much enthusiasm from our community. And let's not forget he's a son of Minnesota."--Walter Mondale Wippman is one of the world's leading scholars in international law and human rights. Currently, he is Vice Provost for International Relations and professor of Law at Cornell University. He is a native of Minnesota and attended high school here. After graduation from Yale Law School, he clerked for Chief Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Second Circuit. He practiced law in Washington, D.C. from 1983 until joining Cornell Law School's faculty in 1992. Wippman served in the Clinton administration as a director in the National Security Council's Office of Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs from 1998-99.

"I'm honored to have been asked to lead the University of Minnesota Law School. As dean, I look forward to meeting and working closely with all faculty, alumni, students and staff to move the Law School to ever higher levels of achievement and impact," Wippman says. "I'm excited to begin our work together."

Wippman holds a bachelor of arts degree summa cum laude from Princeton University, a master's degree from Yale University and earned his juris doctorate from Yale Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal.