J. Reuben Clark Law Society

James R. Rasband Appointed New Law School Dean

Academic Vice President John S. Tanner has announced the appointment of James R. Rasband as the new dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School.

Rasband will replace James D. Gordon III, who has served as interim dean during the 2008-2009 school year after the appointment of former dean Kevin J Worthen as Advancement Vice President of Brigham Young University.

Rasband's appointment will be effective June 15, 2009.

"Jim Rasband will be a superb dean," said Tanner. "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."

A BYU alumnus, Rasband received his juris doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1989. He was a law clerk for Judge J. Clifford Wallace on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He practiced law at Perkins Coie in Seattle, and in 1995 he joined the faculty at the Law School, where he is Hugh W. Colton Professor of Law. He served as associate dean for research and academic affairs at the Law School in 2004-08.  Since 2008, he has served as associate academic vice president for faculty at the University.

His primary areas of expertise are public lands (including public lands legal history), water law, wilderness and grazing law, regulations covering the national parks and national monuments, and international environmental law.

He is a co-author, along with James Salzman at Duke University and Mark Squillace at the University of Colorado, of Natural Resources Law and Policy, a casebook used in law schools around the country.

Posted: 2009-04-17