Robert C. Post ’77 J.D. Named Dean of Yale Law School

Yale University President Richard Levin announced today the appointment of Robert C. Post ’77 J.D. as Dean and Sol and Lillian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Post joined the Yale Law School faculty in 2003 as David Boies Professor of Law, specializing in the area of constitutional law, including the First Amendment, equal protection, and legal history. He will assume his duties as dean on July 1, 2009.

Post becomes the sixteenth dean of Yale Law School, succeeding Harold Hongju Koh, who became dean of Yale Law School in 2004 and who awaits Senate confirmation as Legal Adviser to the U.S. State Department. Kate Stith, Lafayette S. Foster Professor of Law, has served as the Law School’s acting dean since March.

“As a leading constitutional scholar and a respected citizen of the legal profession, Robert Post is ideally positioned to move the Yale Law School forward,” said President Richard C. Levin. “He is greatly admired by his colleagues for his wisdom and judgment, and his commitment to sustaining the excellence of the Law School is unwavering.  I look forward to working with him.”

“I am humbled and honored to be asked to serve as dean of the Yale Law School, a community that I loved as a student and that I have loved even more as a faculty member,” said Post. “I am eager to work with our faculty, staff, students, and alumni to deepen Yale Law School’s commitment to scholarly excellence, outstanding education, and the achievement of professional and public ideals.”

For the past 26 years, Post has taught law – first at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall) where he spent 20 years and more recently, at Yale.  Prior to that, he spent two years at the firm Williams & Connolly in Washington D.C., serving as a litigator. From 1978 to 1979, he was a law clerk to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. of the United States Supreme Court, and from 1977 to 1978, he was a law clerk to Chief Judge David L. Bazelon of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

He also served as general counsel to the American Association of University Professors from 1992 to 1994 and to California Governor Pete Wilson’s Independent Panel on Redistricting in 1991.

He holds an A.B., summa cum laude, and a Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard.  He earned his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he received the Michael Egger Prize and was note editor of The Yale Law Journal.

He has written dozens of articles in legal journals and other publications and has written and edited numerous books.  Post is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Law Institute. He serves as Librarian of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; as a Trustee of the National Humanities Center; and as a consultant to the American Association of University Professors.

He also has been honored with fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. He received the 1998 Hughes-Gossett Award for best article in the Journal of Supreme Court History.

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