Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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President of Claremont McKenna College Joins Southwestern's Board of Trustees August 05, 2008
President of Claremont McKenna College Joins Southwestern's Board of Trustees

Pamela Brooks Gann, President of Claremont McKenna College and former Dean of Duke University School of Law, was elected to Southwestern's Board of Trustees at the Board's meeting in June 2008.

"Pamela Gann's knowledge and experience about legal education and education generally will be of immense value to Southwestern's Board of Trustees and indeed to the entire Southwestern community," Dean Bryant G. Garth said in his announcement. "We are very fortunate that she has agreed to serve on our board."

Gann was appointed in 1999 as the fourth president of Claremont McKenna College (CMC), a member institution of The Claremont Colleges consortium. Considered one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country, CMC is highly regarded for its economics and government departments and the Kravis Leadership Institute, and has a mission focused on educating leaders for business, the professions and public affairs. The College established the Financial Economics Institute and the Center on Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights, and received $200 million to create the Robert Day School in Economics and Finance and Scholars Program, among other major developments during President Gann's tenure.

Prior to her arrival in Claremont, Gann served for 11 years as Dean of the Duke University School of Law. In that post, she significantly expanded the law school's international scope, cultivating a master's degree program for international students and two summer programs in comparative and international law with the University of Hong Kong and the University of Geneva. Under her direction, the school also established several Centers of Excellence, including corporate law, intellectual property, public law and governance, and international law. While a faculty member at Duke for 24 years, Gann developed an international reputation as an expert in federal income taxation, international taxation, international trade, and international business transactions. She co-authored a leading casebook, Corporate Taxation and Partnership Taxation, and has written on a variety of domestic tax issues. She has taught in programs throughout Asia and Europe and was a visiting professor at the University of Virginia and the University of Michigan. She was also the recipient of an International Affairs Fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations, through which she worked at the International Monetary Fund and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

An active leader in law, higher education and international policy, Gann is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Women's Forum, and the American Law Institute. She serves on the Deloitte & Touche Council on the Advancement of Women, the Board of Directors for the American Council on Education, and the President's Council of NCAA Division III, among other advisory boards. She is also an elected Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development and The Institute for the International Education of Students. Gann was honored as the Woman Lawyer of the Year by the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys and received the Women of Achievement Award of Distinction from the YWCA of San Gabriel Valley.

A native of North Carolina, Gann earned her undergraduate degree in Mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She graduated from Duke University School of Law, where she was articles editor of the Duke Law Journal and was elected to the Order of the Coif. She practiced law in private firms in Atlanta and Charlotte before returning to Duke as a faculty member in 1975 and being named Dean in 1988.

"I am pleased to join Southwestern's Board of Trustees," Gann said. "Under Dean Garth's outstanding leadership, Southwestern demonstrates a commitment to educating excellently trained professionals to take on serious public and private roles. I have worked in legal education for nearly 30 years, and in higher education for 33 years, and I look forward to bringing that experience to bear on the opportunities ahead for Southwestern Law School."