Yale Law Dean Harold Koh nominated to be Legal Adviser to the State DepartmentMarch 23, 2009 # 5:07 pm # Foreign Policy, Human Rights, International Law, International Organizations # No Comment
President Barack Obama has nominated Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh as legal adviser of the U.S. Department of State.In making the announcement Monday, Obama called Koh one of the country’s leading experts on public and private international law, national security law and human rights.
Yale says that in his 24 years at the law school, including the past five as dean, Koh has been a leader in the field of international law and has been one of the school’s most popular teachers.
“He has brought spirit to every corner of the school, secured resources for its advancement, and pointed it toward 21st-century commitments to globalization, public service, closer ties to the profession, and renewal of its faculty and resources,” Yale President Richard Levin said. “I know that the entire law school community will salute Dean Koh as he prepares to make an important contribution to the nation and the world.”
Levin named law professor Kate Stith as acting dean of the law school.
Stith joined Yale Law School as an associate professor of law in 1985, after having served as an assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where she prosecuted white-collar and organized crime.
(HT: Jonathan Hutson)