January 26, 2011 15:30 Age: 3 yrs

Associate Dean Carter Takes on New Role

By: Wendy R. Cromwell

School welcomes new alumni director and interim chief development officer

Emory Law has restructured its administration to provide additional support for students entering the job market as well as to welcome a new director of alumni relations and an interim chief development officer.

Susan Carter, former associate dean for development and alumni relations, agreed to become associate dean for external affairs. In this new role for Emory Law, Carter will reach out to hiring partners, judges and attorneys in the public and private sectors to encourage them to consider Emory Law when hiring.

“Emory Law must reach out to forge stronger rela­tionships with hiring part­ners and those in positions to help our students find employment,” says Emory Law Dean David F. Partlett. “The entire Emory Law community stands with our students to help them find successful careers in the law. With her relation­ships among alumni and friends, Susan Carter is uniquely equipped to help better position Emory Law among pro­spective employers of our graduates.”

“This role is a new one for Emory Law and not a role many law schools use,” Carter says. “It is potentially trend­setting because of Dean Partlett’s innovative vision. I’m excited about the opportunity to make a positive difference for our students in this very difficult market.”

Carter already has been meeting with hiring partners in Atlanta; New York; Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles—cities in which “our current students say they want to be.

“My questions have centered on learning how Emory Law can best help the firms achieve their hiring goals,” Carter says.

Joining Emory Law as director of alumni relations is Curry Woods. Woods fills the vacancy created by Ethan Rosenzweig’s 02L transition to assistant dean for admission and financial aid.

“I think what excites me most about the position is the opportunity to connect with lawyers and talk about ways the Emory Law commu­nity can enhance the value of their practice and contribute to their pro­fessional development,” says Woods, a 2004 graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law.

“Ethan is certainly a hard act to follow, but also is a great resource for helping me connect and think through issues,” Woods says.

Woods served as counsel for Orange Business Services before joining Emory Law.

“I think it takes time to see the ‘school cycle’ of how events work, but I’m definitely getting a good feel for the things our alumni want and need,” Curry says.

While a national search is underway for Carter’s replace­ment, Josh Newton, University vice president for develop­ment, will spend two days a week at Emory Law directly overseeing the law school’s fundraising efforts.

During Carter’s tenure as chief development officer, Emory Law has raised more than $13 million through alumni donors—nearly one third of the $42 million total the school has raised since its founding in 1916.

“My goal is to be a strong leader and position the law school’s devel­opment staff to go to a new level when we hire Susan’s replacement,” Newton says. “I am enjoying get­ting to know the people at the law school and its volunteer leaders.

“The advisory board meetings were the most thoughtful such meetings I’ve attended in my seven years here at Emory,” Newton says. “These leaders were very invested in helping Emory Law be the best it can be. Their level of energy and commitment to helping the school remain one of the nation’s top schools is inspiring.”

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