A leading news source in legal education has named the dean of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law among the “2014 Most Influential People in Legal Education.”
Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz made his first appearance in the annual ranking published by National Jurist Magazine, and he ranked 11th out of 25 notable legal educators in the magazine’s January 2015 edition.
The ranking is based on a nomination process managed by the magazine as well as the votes of law professors and deans throughout the country.
In naming Dean Schwartz, the magazine focused on his advocacy for progressive learning and his passion for teaching real-world, cutting edge skills to law students.
The magazine noted the dean’s prescience in predicting the need to equip students with feedback on their skills and opportunities to practice. The article commended Schwartz for “implementing change to improve and enhance the student experience.”
Schwartz is quoted in the article as saying that law schools are breaking the barrier with regard to the length of time it normally takes to implement changes in higher education, noting that the quick change of pace in the legal market requires it.
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