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Mississippi man named dean of Missouri Law School

Gary Myers

COLUMBIA, Mo. — An associate dean at the University of Mississippi has been named dean of the University of Missouri’s School of Law.

Missouri Provost Brian Foster announced April 9 that Gary Myers will take the reins from L. Lawrence Dessem as dean of the law school, beginning Aug. 15.

“Gary Myers comes to MU with extensive experience in legal education and administration,” Foster said in a statement. “His experience in intellectual property law is extremely appropriate at this time in connection with MU’s strong emphasis on entrepreneurship. He will provide strong leadership for the School of Law following Larry Dessem’s 10-year term as dean. We are delighted to welcome him and his wife, Bridget, to MU.”

Myers comes to Mizzou from the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he served as a professor and associate dean for research. He earned his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in economics from New York University and his law degree with honors from Duke University School of Law. Prior to his time at Mississippi, Myers practiced at Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy in Atlanta and was a clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Jacksonville, Fla.

In addition to his time at the University of Mississippi School of Law, Myers was an associate with Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy in Atlanta and served as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Jacksonville, Fla. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a member of the American Law and Economics Association, and a member of the American Bar Association.

Myers beat out four other finalists: Andrew Klein at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Robert J. Pushaw Jr. at Pepperdine University School of Law, Marcella David at University of Iowa and Beverly Moran at Vanderbilt University.

The selection process included campus visits and public forums, taking questions from faculty, staff, students and the public.

Dessem will be on sabbatical in the fall and, beginning in the spring of 2013, will teach in Mizzou’s London Law Consortium.

— from staff and wire reports

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