Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

James Camp Joins Southwestern as New Assistant Dean for Property Administration and Development November 29, 2011
James Camp Joins Southwestern as New Assistant Dean for Property Administration and Development

James C. Camp, a partner in the firm of McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP, has been named as Assistant Dean for Property Administration and Development, a new post at Southwestern. In this role, Dean Camp will be responsible for Southwestern's real estate planning and development along with related business functions such as tax assessment, insurance and student housing leasing. The appointment begins on November 30, 2011.

Dean Camp has had a long affiliation with Southwestern as the law school's attorney for property related issues since 1988. According to Dean Bryant Garth, "The beginning of the construction of student housing marks the first step in a major transformation of Southwestern's campus. As our real estate lawyer and key advisor, Jim Camp has played a vital role in getting us to this stage. We are very fortunate to be able to bring him to Southwestern full time to guide us through the next steps and ensure that we provide the best possible campus environment for our students and faculty."

Dean Camp has been instrumental in Southwestern's land acquisition and development program, including the purchase of the Bullocks Wilshire Building in 1994 and the subsequent adaptive re-use of the landmark. He also represented the law school during the five-year negotiation with the Los Angeles City Council to permanently vacate the block of Westmoreland Avenue between 7th Street and Wilshire Boulevard that bisects the law school campus.

"Jim Camp and I have worked together for over 20 years developing Southwestern's campus, and I am delighted that he will be joining the staff," Janice Manis, Chief Operating Officer, said. "His expertise, guidance and institutional knowledge will be invaluable for the law school's future."

Dean Camp previously taught Real Estate Transactions as a member of Southwestern's adjunct faculty for a number of years and will be teaching the course again during the Spring 2012 semester. Of his appointment to the administration, he said, "I am excited by the opportunity to strengthen my involvement with Southwestern, especially as it embarks on an ambitious construction and development effort and creates a dynamic on-campus housing program."

A cum laude graduate of Duke University, Dean Camp earned his J.D. degree at Emory University School of Law. He has more than 35 years of practice experience in the areas of corporate, finance, commercial and real estate transactions. He has done extensive work in structuring complex real estate financings and equity investments, public/private partnerships and environmental risk management arrangements. Dean Camp has represented developers, lenders, redevelopment agencies and general corporate clients on a wide range of matters, from purchase and sale, leasing, construction, financing, environmental remediation of real property, to entity formation, reorganization and sale. He is a past chair of the Real Property Section of the Century City Bar Association and of the Editorial Board of Los Angeles Lawyer magazine.