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U of M Law School Names New Associate Dean for Academic Affairs University News
For release: June 25, 2009

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David S. Romantz, a professor at the University of Memphis’ Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law since 1998, has been named the school’s new Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.  He succeeds Barbara Kritchevsky, who has been appointed to a newly-created position, Director of Advocacy.

In announcing the appointment, Kevin Smith, dean of the law school, said, “David Romantz brings considerable administrative skill and an understanding of legal education to this position.  He will be able to provide invaluable assistance to the school during the period of transition from the current on-campus facilities to the former U.S. Customs House downtown.”

David Romantz
David Romantz

Romantz received his B.A. degree from the University of Michigan.  He graduated with honors from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, where he taught from 1996 to 1998.

He has published articles in various law journals, and this year he co-authored the second edition of Legal Analysis: The Fundamental Skill.  He has presented at many regional and national law conferences, including the Association of American Law Schools and the Legal Writing Institute.

Romantz has served on the board of directors of the Community Legal Center in Memphis and on the board of the Association of Legal Writing Directors.

At the U of M law school he was Director of Legal Methods from 1998 to 2009 and served as faculty advisor to the Moot Court Board, the Jewish Law Students Association, and the Student Bar Association.  He chaired the law school’s Admissions, ad hoc Diversity, and Faculty Recruitment committees, and he served on the University of Memphis’ Athletics Committee and Promotion and Tenure Appeals Committee.

The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law was recently ranked fifth in the nation by preLaw magazine as a best value law school, based on the combination of three criteria: low tuition, the high percentage of graduates passing the Tennessee bar exam, and the success of graduates in finding employment.  The school is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, the society for legal education in the United States.  Graduates of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law include judges, other public servants, and leading practitioners in the Mid-South and throughout the nation.   Beginning with the spring semester of 2010, the school’s home will be the historic former U.S. Customs House in downtown Memphis, near the city’s judicial and legal community

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