University of Maryland Appoints First Black Dean

Published March 31, 2009

The University of Maryland School of Law has appointed its first African-American to serve as dean in the institution’s 185-year history.

Phoebe Haddon succeeds Karen H. Rothenberg, whose last day is June 30, as the school’s ninth dean. Haddon will leave her faculty position at Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia where she teaches courses on constitutional law, products’ liability, race and ethnicity.

She has received degrees from the Yale Law School and Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh. Haddon has also practiced the Washington, D.C., law firm Wilmer Cutler & Pickering.

Nearly 840 total students were enrolled the University of Maryland School of Law in fall 2007.

Written by BET.com Staff

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