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Hastings Alumni Mag-Fall 2013

{ in brief } New leadership roles For Martinez, Hillman, and field Leo Martinez Leads AALS Professor Leo Martinez, now midway through his oneyear term as president of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), received this prestigious appointment at a challenging time for legal education. Fortunately for AALS, there is perhaps no better person to guide the organization through today’s rocky legal landscape than Martinez, who brings a wealth of experience to the position. “One of my goals is to help other schools with their strategic planning as they look to the future of legal education,” says Martinez. Among his other responsibilities are to lead the search for a new executive director and acquire a building in Washington, D.C., where AALS is based, to give the organization long-term stability. Martinez, who has been with UC Hastings since 1985 and served as academic dean for more than 10 years, is an esteemed expert in contract, tax, and insurance law. Elizabeth L. Hillman Named Provost and Academic Dean Professor Elizabeth L. Hillman, who began serving as academic dean in July, is energized by the opportunities that lie ahead. “We need to build better pipelines from the law school to the legal profession,” says Hillman, an expert in military law. “I am excited to help UC Hastings respond to the crisis in legal education and to help shape the institution’s academic future.” As academic dean, Hillman will oversee all academic programs, including all faculty matters and departments, clinics, centers, admissions, financial aid, and career services, among others. Hillman will continue to teach one course on military law each year. Heather M. Field Named Associate Academic Dean Professor Heather M. Field, who specializes in tax law, took over as associate academic dean in July. She joins new Academic Dean Hillman in helping UC Hastings reboot legal education. In her new position, Field supervises several departments, enforces academic regulations and the code of student conduct, and plays a top leadership role in the college’s operations. Field, who will continue to teach the tax concentration seminar, says that she is enthusiastic about partnering with UC Hastings “to ensure that students succeed—not just academically, but personally and professionally. I feel invested in the student experience, and I want to help create an environment that empowers students as they build the skills that will prepare them to solve 21st century problems.” UC HASTI NGS 9


Hastings Alumni Mag-Fall 2013
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