SLU Law School names new dean after interim dean resigns

SLU Law School names new dean after interim dean resigns

Former interim SLU law school dean

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 5:03 PM

ST. LOUIS—A former Missouri Supreme Court justice has been named dean of the Saint Louis University Law School.

The hiring of Michael Wolff was announced Tuesday, a day after interim dean Tom Keefe resigned over what he called “politically incorrect” statements to faculty.

Wolff has been a member of the university faculty. He was chosen over the other finalist, Anthony Chivetta, a partner at the Armstrong Teasdale law firm in St. Louis.

After his resignation, Keefe told students about his time at the school.

“Deans are not supposed to say they smoked pot,” Keefe said, “Deans don’t say ‘why can’t you remember what’s in front of you. How the pot has gotten too good.’ I say all kinds of things like that, that are stupid.”

One student said Keefe didn’t have much of a filter when it came to joking around.

“Did I say some things that I shouldn’t have said?” Keefe asked, “No, I said some things that were not the right things for a dean of a law school in this day and age to say.”

Keefe was named interim Dean last August. He said he brought his experience and generosity to the school, even refusing to take a salary.

 

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