TU Names Interim Law Dean

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Published on 10/10/07

The University of Tulsa has named Janet Koven Levit, professor of law, as interim dean of the TU College of Law.

Levit was appointed by TU Provost Roger Blais, who serves as the university’s chief academic officer. The appointment is effective immediately.

TU President Steadman Upham said that Levit is well-suited for the position.

“Janet Levit’s academic credentials are impeccable, and she emerged as the clear choice as the candidate whose vision for the law school was in alignment with the university’s strategic plan for raising the national reputation of the law school,” he said.

Levit is a widely recognized scholar in the areas of international law, international commercial law, international human rights, contracts and administrative law. She first served as a visiting assistant professor at TU from 1995 to 1997. She later joined the TU law faculty as an assistant professor in 2002, was named an associate professor in 2003, and a professor of law in 2006. She became a tenured faculty member at TU in 2004.

She also has served as a visiting professor at Vanderbilt University Law School, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, and Universidad de Palermo Maestria en Derecho in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Levit earned her law degree in 1994 from Yale Law School, where she was book reviews and articles editor of the Yale Journal of International Law. She earned a master’s degree in international relations from Yale in 1994, and a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in 1990 from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University (with a concentration in Latin American Studies).

Levit and her husband, Ken, have two children.

The law school dean position has been vacant since June 30 when Robert Butkin stepped down from the position. Butkin remains a tenured professor of law at TU. Janet Haggerty, associate vice president for research and dean of the graduate school, has overseen administrative operations at the law school since that time. A timeline for naming a permanent dean has not been established.