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Morant Tabbed as Dean at GW Law School

James Wright | 6/9/2014, 4:33 p.m.
Blake D. Morant has been selected as the George Washington University's next dean of law, the university announced Monday.
Blake Morant (Courtesy of law.wfu.edu)

Blake D. Morant has been selected as the George Washington University's next dean of law, the university announced Monday.

Morant, currently the dean at the Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, will take the helm at GW on Sept. 1. He will be the first African-American to lead the law school.

"I have respected and admired the George Washington Law School throughout my career and consider serving as its next dean to be a distinct privilege," he said. "I look forward to working with the constituency of this historic institution during this time of both challenge and extraordinary opportunity."

Morant, a graduate of the University of Virginia's law school, was recently elected to serve as president of the Association of American Law Schools. He is known as a legal scholar in the fields of contract theory, media law and administrative law.

"Blake Morant is not only a seasoned dean but also a national leader in legal education," GW President Steven Knapp said. "He brings to this important position a proven record of accomplishments, and his extensive leadership experience will make him an extremely valuable addition to our law school and the entire university."

Morant, a graduate of the University of Virginia's law school, was recently elected to serve as president of the Association of American Law Schools. He is known as a legal scholar in the fields of contract theory, media law and administrative law.

He has held numerous administrative and academic positions at various law schools, including the University of Michigan School of Law in Ann Arbor and served as a visiting fellow at University College, University of Oxford in Oxford, United Kingdom.

Morant has served as assistant general counsel for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and as a member of the US Army Judge Advocate General's Corps.