Dean of UM Law School gets post at Georgetown

July 18, 1991|By Patricia Meisol

Michael J. Kelly, whose 15-year tenure as dean of the University of Maryland School of Law saw dramatic growth in the faculty and in the quality of the student body, was tapped yesterday for a newly created position of vice president of Georgetown University.

His departure completes the changing of the guard at Maryland's professional schools in downtown Baltimore over the past two years. Errol Reese, who was named president of the campus this year, said yesterday that Alan D. Hornstein, associate dean and professor, will be acting dean until a successor is found.

"I am sorry,but also glad," Mr. Kelly said yesterday. "It's an interesting but challenging job, so I have mixed feelings."

In his new job, Mr. Kelly will assist the Rev. Leo J. O'Donovan, Georgetown's president, in the day-to-day administration of the 12,000-student campus in Washington. His appointment is effective Sept. 1.

During Mr. Kelly's tenure, the UM faculty grew from 30 to 50, making the student-faculty ratio one of the nation's best. Mr. Kelly also introduced mandatory public-interest law service for students and built what is now one of the most extensive clinical legal education programs in the country. The student body, recruited from the top one-third on admissions tests in 1975, now comes from the top 13 percent.

Susan P. Leviton, who enrolled in the law school in 1969 and has been on the faculty since 1975, experienced the law school's evolution under Mr. Kelly.

"When I went to law school here, it had a business orientation," she said. "It didn't look at law practice in a modern society, what a diverse population needed. There was nothing about moral zTC issues [in law] and no clinical programs whatsoever. He has changed this place very much," she said. "I am sorry to see him go."

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