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Yale Law Dean Harold Koh nominated to be Legal Adviser to the State Department

Dean Harold Koh

Dean Harold Koh

The AP is reporting this afternoon:

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.

Outstanding choice!

(HT: Jonathan Hutson)

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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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