TO: Faculty, Staff, Administrators and Law Students
FROM: Thayne M. McCulloh, Ph.D.
SUBJ: Appointment of Interim Dean of the School of Law
DATE: May 11, 2010
With the appointment of Dean Earl "Marty" Martin to the position of Executive Vice President for Gonzaga University it has become necessary to identify an Interim Dean who will lead the School of Law for the 2010-11 academic year—while the upcoming national search for our next Law Dean proceeds. Having consulted with the Law School faculty and with out-going Dean Martin, I have asked Associate Professor George Critchlow to take on this responsibility and he has agreed to do so. Given that Professor Critchlow served the law school as Interim Dean in 2004-05 and as Acting Dean for the past year while Marty Martin served as the Acting Academic Vice President, he brings a wealth of relevant and timely experience to this new challenge.
Professor Critchlow is a graduate of the law school and has been on the faculty since 1980. From 1999 to 2005, he was the Director of Clinical Programs at the law school and is one of the original founders of the Gonzaga Institute for Action Against Hate and its publication, the Journal of Hate Studies. Professor Critchlow is admitted to practice in Washington State, the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
I wish to thank George Critchlow for accepting this appointment and look forward to the positive benefit it will bring to Gonzaga University and our School of Law. His leadership and positive relationships with faculty, students, staff, and alumni will enable us to maintain a degree of stability in the law school while we conduct the Dean's search. I will announce the appointment of the Law Dean's Search Committee shortly.