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Concordia Law Names Latonia Haney Keith Interim Dean

Concordia University School of Law has appointed Latonia Haney Keith to serve as interim Dean as a national search begins for a permanent Dean.

Haney Keith currently serves as Associate Dean of Academics and Director of Clinical Education. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Haney Keith joined the faculty at Concordia Law in 2015 and played a critical role in the law school earning full approval from the American Bar Association in its accreditation process earlier this year.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to lead the law school during such an exciting time,” Haney Keith said. “At the same time, I recognize the challenges that come with leading the law school at a time that it continues to grow and develop into one of the leading legal education institutions in our region.”

Haney Keith takes over for Elena Langan, the second dean in the law school’s history. Langan left to accept the position of Dean at the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in New York. 

Since joining the Concordia faculty, Haney Keith has played an integral role in the law school’s commitment to servant leadership and providing legal services to underserved populations. She helped establish 5th & Front, the in-house legal clinic committed to providing pro-bono legal work to low-income families, veterans, refugees and immigrants. 

Before moving to Boise, Haney Keith spent seven years as firm-wide Pro Bono Counsel for McDermott Will & Emery LLP in the firm’s Chicago office. In that role, she led a world-wide pro bono practice, managing all aspects of the firm’s pro bono, community service and charitable giving initiatives. 

“I’m pleased that Dean Haney Keith has agreed to assume the responsibility of leading the law school at this important time,” said Michelle Cowing, interim provost at Concordia University-Portland. “I’m confident in her ability to guide the faculty, staff and students as we begin the search for the next leader who can build on the strong foundation established in such a short time.”

In addition to the ABA approval this year, the law school was also recognized by the ABA for achieving a 100% bar passage rate, meaning every 2016 graduate who took the bar exam passed within two years of graduation, a feat accomplished by just three other law schools nationwide. 

 

ABOUT CONCORDIA LAW

Concordia University School of Law in Boise, Idaho, is part of Concordia University, a nonprofit, Lutheran, liberal arts university based in Portland, Ore., with a mission of preparing leaders for the transformation of society. Founded in 1905, Concordia University-Portland serves approximately 6,000 students on its campuses and online, through its College of Education, College of Health & Human Services, School of Management and School of Law. For more about Concordia University, visit www.cu-portland.edu. Concordia University School of Law and the George R. White Law Library opened with its inaugural class of students in fall of 2012. For more information visit http://law.cu-portland.edu.