Several years ago, I wrote an article for the second of these Leadership in Legal Education Symposia entitled, “Top Ten Reasons to Be a Law School Dean.” In that article, I offered ten very good reasons why someone might consider becoming a law school dean. I still believe that these ten reasons, and more, should cause faculty and others to consider service as dean. I continue to find my own service as dean rewarding, challenging, and (most days!) fun. However, having been asked to talk recently about why one might not want to consider deaning has led me to write this essay. My hope is that, when read in conjunction with “Top Ten Reasons to Be a Law School Dean,” the ten points in this essay will provide a fuller picture of law school deaning in the twenty-first century.
R. Lawrence Dessem, Maybe Deaning Is Not for You, 39 U. Tol. L. Rev. 261 (2008)