After a national search, Golden Gate University President Dan Angel is
proud to announce the appointment of Rachel Van Cleave, Interim Dean, as
the new Dean of Golden Gate University School of Law. A Fulbright
Scholar, GGU Law Professor since 2004 and Associate Dean of Academic
Affairs since 2008, Van Cleave brings extensive experience as an
international scholar, professor and law school leader to her new role.
"We are delighted to have Rachel join us as our Law School Dean" says
president Angel. "After eight years with Golden Gate University School
of Law and serving this semester as our Interim Dean, Rachel understands
the job at hand, and is the right person to lead the law school to a
level of new distinction."
Dean Van Cleave earned her BS at Stanford and JD at UC Hastings College
of the Law. She clerked at Baker and McKenzie and after graduation
served as a federal clerk for Fifth Circuit Judge Sam Johnson. In
addition to early roles as a legal research and writing instructor at
Santa Clara and a Teaching Fellow at Stanford Law School, where she also
earned her JSM, Van Cleave was a Visiting Professor of Law at the
University of Richmond School of Law and UC Hastings College of the Law.
"I am honored to be entrusted with this leadership role at a time when
legal education faces great challenges. I look forward to working with
the GGU Law community to build professional ntworks that enhance our
students' success. In addition to implementing curricular changes, we
are investing considerable time and energy in developing how best to
align the legal education we provide with the needs of the dynamic legal
profession," Van Cleave said of her appointment.
In 1995, Van Cleave received a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research
at the Italian Constitutional Court on changes to the Italian criminal
justice system, and later returned to Italy to research reforms in
Italian rape law. She has published 15 law review articles and four book
chapters. In addition to her scholarly acumen, Van Cleave has
spearheaded recent curricular reforms to provide GGU Law students with
even more skills training.
Specifically, in addition to teaching core courses, Van Cleave has
designed and taught original seminars that integrate research and
writing with real world problems-courses like her Katrina and Disaster
Law Seminar. Teaching in GGU Law's unique Law and Leadership program,
she has helped law students to develop and exhibit leadership through
meaningful projects. Her leadership on assessment of both core curricula
and newly designed experiential courses has been critical to ensuring
GGU Law students benefit from cutting edge pedagogy without compromising
"Rachel is just the type of leader GGU Law needs in these challenging
times for legal academia," says Eric Christiansen, Professor of Law &
Faculty Chair. "With her wealth of experience in legal education and her
impressive accomplishments as a scholar, teacher, and senior
administrator, Rachel has the trust and confidence of the faculty and
staff of the law school. We expect great things for the law school under
Dean Van Cleave's guidance."
About Golden Gate University
Golden Gate University (GGU), private and nonprofit, has been helping
adults achieve their professional goals by providing undergraduate and
graduate education in Accounting, Law, Taxation, Business and related
areas for more than 110 years. GGU is California's fifth-largest private
university, enrolls more than 5,000 students annually and has more than
68,000 alumni. The school's main campus is located in San Francisco with
additional teaching sites in Seattle and Los Angeles.
Founded in 1901, Golden Gate University School of Law offers a variety
of programs for beginning law students and practicing lawyers. GGU Law
is fully accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and the
Committee of Bar Examiners of the State of California and is a member in
good standing of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). Golden
Gate University is fully accredited by the Western Association of
Schools and Colleges (WASC).
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