Gershowitz Named Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development

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    New Role  In his new role as Associate Dean, Professor Adam M. Gershowitz will be responsible for providing support for faculty scholarship and teaching.  Photo by Gretchen Bedell
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As the new school year begins, Professor Adam M. Gershowitz takes on a new role at William & Mary Law School, that of Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development. A member of the faculty since 2012, he is a nationally known scholar of criminal law and criminal procedure and an award-winning teacher. Gershowitz succeeds Chancellor Professor of Law Ronald H. Rosenberg, who served for seven years as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and who will continue to serve as Director of the American Legal System Graduate Program and Foreign Exchanges.

"Ron has done a terrific job as Associate Dean and I am grateful that he has been willing over the past few years to extend his service at my request," said Dean Davison M. Douglas. "I am pleased that he will continue to lead our LL.M. program which has grown considerably since his first year as Director."

Douglas noted that in his new role, Gershowitz will be responsible for providing support for faculty scholarship and teaching. "Adam Gershowitz is a superb scholar, teacher, and communicator, who is committed to the development of faculty scholarly activities and fostering the best possible classroom experience for our students," Douglas said. "He brings a breadth of experience to this new role."

Gershowitz is the Herbert V. Kelly, Sr., Professor of Teaching Excellence for 2014-16, and has received seven teaching honors since beginning his academic career in 2005. Most recently, the Class of 2015 recognized him at graduation with the Walter L. Williams, Jr., Memorial Teaching Award. Previously, he received the Best New Professor Award, the All Faculty Teaching Award, and the All Faculty Advising Award at South Texas College of Law. At the University of Houston Law Center, he received the Order of the Barons Professor of the Year Award, the Student Bar Association Professor of the Year Award and the All University Teaching Award. Outside of the classroom, he has published more than two dozen scholarly articles and has been quoted more than 400 times by national media, such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and National Public Radio. The Supreme Court cited his amicus brief on behalf of criminal procedure professors in its ruling in Riley v. California, 134 S. Ct. 2473 (2014), forbidding warrantless cell phone searches.

A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Delaware, Gershowitz earned his juris doctor at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was elected to Order of the Coif.  Before entering academia, he clerked for Judge Robert B. King of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and worked as a litigation associate at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C.

"I'm delighted to serve in this new role," said Gershowitz. "I look forward to helping showcase William & Mary Law School's world class research and teaching faculty."

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