Seton Hall Law Dean Boozang to exit post, interim leader named

Jessica Perry//November 11, 2022//

Seton Hall Law Dean Boozang to exit post, interim leader named

Jessica Perry//November 11, 2022//

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Kathleen Boozang, Dean of Seton Hall University School of Law.

Seton Hall Law Dean Kathleen Boozang will step down, effective Jan. 1, 2023, after more than seven years in the position.

In a Nov. 9 announcement to the school community, Seton Hall University Provost and Executive Vice Katie Passerini said that Seton Hall Law Professor John Kip Cornwell will serve as interim dean for the remainder of the semester, working on the transition with Boozang.

The school will conduct a nationwide search to find its next dean.

According to the communication, Cornwell’s appointment was the result of deliberations between Passerini’s office and law school faculty. “As interim dean, he will continue to elevate the school’s mission to foster top-notch attorneys who work for justice and bring Seton Hall’s ideals to the legal profession and society,” she wrote.

Fast facts: Interim Dean John Kip Cornwell

  • Earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard, master’s from Cambridge and J.D. from Yale
  • Joined Seton Hall Law in 1994, serving as associate dean for academics from 2006 to 2009
  • Scholarship focuses on the intersection of criminal and mental health law

Cornwell joined the faculty in 1994.

Passerini also thanked Boozang for her “tireless devotion to the entire School of Law community, and for her continued service to the University — her academic home since 1990.”

Among her early achievements, the letter highlighted creating the assistant dean of equity, diversity and engagement position and launching a weekend program for students. Seton Hall Law has also sought to take advantage of emerging specialties, like gaming, under her tutelage. Recognized as a 2016 NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business honoree, Boozang has also appeared on the Power 50 Law list during her tenure at Seton Hall.

According to its website, Seton Hall Law received 2,099 applications for its 2022-23 Class, with 824 J.D. students enrolled and over 224 student matriculants (182 day and 42 weekend).

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