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December 30, 2005

Criminal law expert Margaret Paris to serve as interim dean

Criminal law expert Margaret Paris Margaret Paris, interim dean
to serve as interim dean 

Margaret L. “Margie” Paris, for several years the law school’s associate dean for academic affairs, is serving as interim head of the law school during the search for a new permanent dean.

Paris, who has established regular face-to-face gatherings over the years for adjunct faculty and the permanent staff in an effort to bring all of the law school community closer together, has already set up weekly faculty drop-in conversations as one of her first acts as dean.

Susan GaryAssociate Professor Susan Gary; who specializes in the regulation of nonprofit organizations, estate planning, and trusts and estates; will take over as academic dean.

Paris said in an email to the faculty and staff, “I am really pleased that Susan has accepted this position. She is a wise person, and I know that she has your trust and good will.”

Margie Paris joined the law faculty in 1992.  She teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and appellate advocacy.  In private life, she is an active birder who makes sure the law school is notified each spring and fall when migratory Vaux swifts roost by the thousands in the nearby Agate Hall chimney. 

Paris’ scholarly work focuses on the reform of the criminal justice system, and she co-authored a textbook on criminal procedure, Constitutional Criminal Procedure (Foundation Press 2003).

She practiced criminal law for six years at the Chicago firm of Cotsirilos, Stephenson, Tighe & Streicker, specializing in the defense of white-collar prosecutions and civil lawsuits in federal courts. She is a member of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Illinois Bar and the bars of several federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Paris is the Elmer Sahlstrom Senior Fellow at the law school and a recipient of the Orlando John Hollis Faculty Teaching Award. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1981 and her Juris Doctorate in 1985, both from Northwestern.

– Eliza Schmidkunz

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