Hamline picks area attorney as dean of its law school

  • Star Tribune
  • March 31, 2008 - 11:05 PM

Minneapolis business attorney Donald Lewis has been named the new dean of the Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul.

Lewis, a cofounder of the firm Halleland Lewis Nilan & Johnson, will replace Jon Garon, who will return to the Hamline faculty after a sabbatical.

Lewis, 55, who will remain with his law firm, has been an adjunct faculty member at Hamline since 2004 and previously taught at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul.

"He has a wealth of experience in the legal community and has distinguished himself as an educator, a champion of diversity and a focused visionary," Hamline President Linda N. Hanson said.

Lewis, who primarily works in commercial litigation and labor and employment law, cofounded Halleland Lewis 12 years ago after spending nine years at the Popham Haik law firm. He spent six years as an assistant U.S. attorney.

In 1999, Lewis was the attorney hired by the University of Minnesota to help investigate charges of academic fraud in its men's basketball program.

Lewis' hiring comes only days after Hamline's law school moved from the fourth tier to the third tier in the U.S. News & World Report rankings of the nation's law schools.


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