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March 24, 2009

Sentencing scholar named acting Dean at Yale Law School

A helpful reader made the helpful suggestion that sentencing fans might be interested in this news from New Haven (as reported in this Yale press release):

President Richard C. Levin has named Kate Stith, Lafayette S. Foster Professor of Law, as Acting Dean of Yale Law School. Stith succeeds Harold Hongju Koh, who has been nominated by President Barack Obama as Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State....

Stith, a highly respected scholar, teacher, and colleague both at the Law School and in the broader University, will serve until a successor to Koh is appointed. “I am delighted and grateful that she is willing to take on this transitional leadership role at the Law School at such an important moment,” Levin said....

Stith teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law and procedure, comparative criminal law, criminal sentencing, federal criminal prosecution, university governance, government ethics, and congressional budget law. She was the principal author of “Fear of Judging: Sentencing Guidelines in the Federal Courts,” which was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the American Bar Association.

Stith is a leader in developing the field of sentencing law, which is at the intersection of substantive criminal law, criminal procedure, constitutional law, and comparative criminal law. Her current projects include co-authorship of a textbook on federal criminal law and a textbook on criminal procedure. She is an Advisor to the American Law Institute’s “Model Penal Code: Sentencing” project, and previously served, by appointment of the Chief Justice of the United States, on the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure of the U.S. Judicial Conference....

Stith joined Yale Law School as an Associate Professor of Law in 1985, after having served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where she prosecuted white-collar and organized crime. She previously was on the staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, a special assistant to the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, and a law clerk to Judge Carl McGowan of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to Justice Byron R. White of the U.S. Supreme Court. She became Professor of Law in 1991, and the Lafayette S. Foster Professor of Law in 1998. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and Harvard Law School.

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“I am delighted and grateful that their is a willing to take on this transitional leadership role at the Law School at such an important moment,it is really informative! Keep up the good work.

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Posted by: Acting class Los Angeles | Mar 26, 2009 4:10:17 AM

I just read somewhere else the new acting dean of yale law school. And as i see, Kate Stith again. Congratulations Kate Stith, the new acting Dean, hope to see you soon...


Posted by: Acting teacher Los Angeles | Jul 29, 2009 1:28:52 PM

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