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Barbara Laskin

Law School Dean Named to Macalester’s Board

DessemSt. Paul, Minn.–R. Lawrence Dessem, dean and professor of law at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, has been named to the Board of Trustees at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., to serve four, three-year consecutive terms.  The University of Missouri-Columbia is the first state university west of the Mississippi, and the university’s Law School was established in 1872.

Dessem received his B.A. summa cum laude from Macalester in 1973 and his J.D. cum laude from Harvard University Law School in 1976.  After graduation from Harvard Law School, Dessem served as law clerk for Judge William K. Thomas of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He then served as an attorney with the National Education Association and the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice.

After joining the faculty of the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville in 1985, Dessem became professor and dean of the Mercer University School of Law in Macon, Ga., before becoming dean and professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2002.

Dessem is the author of Pretrial Litigation: Law, Policy and Practice (West, 3d ed. 2001) and Pretrial Litigation in a Nutshell (West, 3d ed. 2001), as well as articles in various law journals. He has been elected as a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, as well as to membership in the American Law Institute.

Dessem has served on and chaired numerous committees for the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools. Since 1996, he has served on and chaired ABA law school site inspection teams.

Macalester is a private, national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 1,895 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, diversity and civic engagement.