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Professor Beattie Appointed Associate Dean

7/8/2014  -   Capital University Law School has appointed Professor James Beattie Associate Dean for Academic Affairs effective July 1, 2014. As Associate Dean, Beattie will be responsible for leading the academic programs within the Law School. Dean Beattie will also be responsible for the day-to-day implementation of academic policies adopted by the Law Council and Faculty. Finally, Dean Beattie will be available to students in need of academic advising and to answer questions about the Law School’s academic policies.

Dean Beattie joined the Capital University law faculty in 2001. In 2002, he was named Capital University Law School’s winner of the Association of American Law Schools Teacher of the Year Award. During his tenure at the Law School, Dean Beattie has regularly taught classes in Constitutional Law, Law & Religion, Jurisprudence and the First Amendment. In addition to his teaching duties, Dean Beattie has served as a faculty advisor to the Capital University Law Review, a faculty advisor to the Jessup International Law Moot Court Team and the National Moot Court Team. He also served as chair of the University Faculty Senate.

“The Law School will be well served by Dean Beattie in his new role,” said the Law School’s Interim Dean, Rachel Janutis. “He is well-respected by students and colleagues as an effective teacher, committed scholar and tireless advocate for students.”

Before joining the faculty at the Law School, Dean Beattie taught philosophy at Tulane University and Xavier University in New Orleans. Following graduation from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was senior articles editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review, Dean Beattie served as a judicial clerk for Chief Judge Gerald Bard Tjoflat of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He then became a litigation associate at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett in New York and later with Greenberg Traurig, P.A. in Miami. While at Simpson, Dean Beattie argued the case of Adams v. Walter Industries, concerning the issue of whether the claim of piercing the corporate veil requires a right to jury trial under the Seventh Amendment, before the United States Supreme Court

Dean Beattie holds a LL.M. from Columbia University Law School, where he was a James Kent Scholar, a Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School, a Master of Arts, summa cum laude, from Tulane University, and a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Muskingum College.

For a full biography and list of publications, please see Dean Beattie’s faculty page.