January 28, 2013 13:20 Age: 1 yrs

Schapiro Appointed Dean of Emory Law

In the beginning, he wanted to be a history professor. For the son of two attorneys, however, the law eventually won out.

“I wanted to do my part in building a more just society,” says Robert Schapiro, newly appointed dean and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law at Emory Law. “I
saw going to law school and being a law school professor as the best way for me to promote those goals.”

It was a lesson he learned early on from his parents. Grandparents on both sides of his family immigrated to the United States. His parents were both attorneys, and they emphasized to Schapiro the importance of law and the legal profession.

“They both knew how important it was to support and promote the law,” Schapiro says. “They had tremendous respect for the legal profession and its role in society.”

Schapiro served as a judicial clerk and worked in private practice before joining the Emory faculty in 1995. He looks forward to crafting the future of the school he has come to love.

“What’s exciting now is being able to help shape an institution so that it can have a positive impact on society through the ideas it produces and the students it educates,” he says. “More generally, to be part of an educational institution like Emory is very important to me. I am so pleased to be part of a large research university committed to bringing about positive social transformation in the world.”

Schapiro was interim dean during the 2011–2012 academic year. He previously served as associate vice provost for academic affairs of Emory University and co-director of Emory Law’s Center on Federalism and Intersystemic
Governance. An expert on federalism and state constitutional law, he teaches Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, Civil Procedure and Legislation and Regulation.

Schapiro also is the recipient of numerous teaching and scholarly awards, including the Emory Williams Teaching Award and Ben F. Johnson Faculty Excellence Award.

“Robert brings to the role superb academic and legal credentials as well as strong administrative experience,” Emory Provost Earl Lewis says. “He has been sought
after by law schools across the country for both academic and leadership roles. He is recognized for his innovative thinking and his ability to integrate cutting-edge academic research with teaching so that students develop practical
skills in the law.”

Schapiro says educational institutions, and particularly schools of law, have a significant responsibility. “The ability of the law to effect transformation in people’s lives, making the world a more just place, is what makes this work so important and so exciting,” Schapiro says.

“Lawyers and law schools are central to promoting the rule of law and human rights around the world. In the years ahead, their role will only grow, as we engage some of the most complex social, political and economic challenges
we have ever faced.”

Timothy L. Hussey

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