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May 31-June 21, 1999Volume 27, Number 33

Anthony T. Kronman reappointed as Dean of Law School

Anthony T. Kronman has been reappointed dean of the Law School for a second five-year term, effective July 1.

In making the announcement, President Richard C. Levin cited colleagues who noted Kronman's "intelligence, eloquence and sensitivity, as well as his commitment to excellence in everything associated with the Law School." Also cited were Kronman's success in recruiting faculty, establishing innovative Law School programs, and overseeing the successfully renovation of the Sterling Law Building.

"Above all," said Levin, "Tony Kronman is an exemplary spokesman for legal education and the legal profession. He is also an exemplary citizen of the University, and I am personally grateful for his wise counsel and willing assistance. The Law School and the University are fortunate to have the services of such an outstanding leader."

Kronman joined the Law School faculty in 1978. His areas of specialty include contracts, commercial law, bankruptcy, jurisprudence and social theory, and professional responsibility. Early in his career he was associated with the law and economics movement, one of the major movements in American legal thought. He is widely recognized for his deliberate and scholarly examination of law and the present state of the legal profession.

A graduate of Williams College, where he studied political science, Kronman received his law degree from Yale in 1975, three years after earning a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University. When he was appointed dean of the Law School in 1994, Kronman was the first person in that post to hold a doctorate in another field. Kronman became a member of the Minnesota Bar in 1975. He joined the New York Bar in 1983.

Kronman has written four books: "The Economics of Contract Law" (with Richard Posner), "Max Weber," "Cases and Material on Contract Law" (with Friedrich Kessler and Grant Gilmore) and "The Lost Lawyer," an assessment of the legal profession touted by the New York Law Journal as "a major document in the history of American Law." His numerous articles on legal ethics, history, philosophy and scholarship have appeared in academic journals such as The Yale Journal of Criticism, the Columbia Law Review, the Chicago Law Review, the Yale Law Journal and NOMOS.

Included among Kronman's professional memberships are the Selden Society, the American Bar Association (ABA), the American Society for Legal History, the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He served on the ABA Committee on Research about the Future of the Legal Profession 1997-98, and continues to consult with that committee.

Kronman taught at the University of Minnesota Law School and the University of Chicago before coming to Yale. He was appointed professor of law at Yale in 1979 and the Edward J. Phelps Professor of Law in 1985. Among the many academic and administrative duties Kronman undertook at the time was overseeing the Campaign for the Yale Law School, the school's five-year, $130 million fund drive, which was then in its second year. By the drive's conclusion in 1997, a record-breaking $180 million had been raised -- an amount that exceeded all expectations.

Kronman is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Connecticut Bar Foundation and the American Bar Foundation. In addition, he was a fellow of Yale's Whitney Humanities Center 1990-93, and a Danforth Fellow 1968-72. He was an editor of the Yale Law Journal 1974-75.


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