Southwestern Law School Dean Bryant G. Garth to Join UC Irvine School of Law Faculty


IRVINE, Calif., June 27, 2012 — Bryant G. Garth, dean of Southwestern Law School since 2005, will join the faculty at the UC Irvine School of Law in July.

Garth will teach courses and continue to pursue his research, which focuses on the legal profession, dispute resolution, globalization and the rule of law.

"Bryant is a superb addition to our growing faculty," said Dean Erwin Chemerinsky. "His teaching and research will help bolster our reputation as a top law school."

Before his stint at Southwestern, Garth was Director of the American Bar Foundation, the independent nonprofit research center established by the American Bar Association for the empirical study of law and legal institutions. Under Garth's 14-year guidance, the Foundation became a preeminent resource for lawyers, scholars, legal educators, and policy makers.

In 1979, Garth joined the faculty of Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, where he taught civil procedure, legal profession, international and comparative law and human rights, then served as Dean from 1986 to 1990. He is the author or co-author of more than 16 books and 75 articles, and co-editor of the Association of American Law Schools' Journal of Legal Education. He has held many leadership positions in the ABA and the AALS, currently chairing the advisory board of the Law School Survey of Student Engagement.

Garth graduated with a B.A., magna cum laude, with highest honors in American Studies, from Yale University in 1972. He earned a J.D. in 1977 from Stanford Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Studies. He clerked for Judge Robert Peckham of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. He also earned a Ph.D., European Doctorate in Law, in 1979 from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He is proficient in four foreign languages, and a member of the California and Indiana bars.

Contact: Rex Bossert, assistant dean for communications,, 949-824-3063.

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