Law School Dean Candidates to Visit U of A Campus, Give Public Presentations

Waterman Hall, home to the University of Arkansas School of Law.
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Waterman Hall, home to the University of Arkansas School of Law.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Four finalist candidates for the position of dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law will visit campus in March and April for interviews and public presentations.

The candidates, in alphabetical order, are Robert B. Ahdieh of Emory University, Brooke D. Coleman of Seattle University, Margaret Sova McCabe of the University of New Hampshire and Asmara M. Tekle of Texas Southern University.

The Dean Search Committee, chaired by Todd Shields, dean of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, identified the finalists. More information about each candidate, including their curriculum vitae, is available online at the School of Law Dean Search page.

Public Presentation Schedule

The open forum presentations will be held 3-4 p.m. in the E.J. Ball Courtroom at the School of Law on the respective dates for each candidate visit. Each presentation and a question-and-answer session will be followed by a half-hour reception in the Six Pioneers Room off the Norma Lea Beasley Entrance Hall.

All law school faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend. Interested alumni, friends and community members are also welcome. Those who attend may submit comments and feedback to Dawn Fisher, assistant to the dean in Fulbright College, at

The dates for the candidates’ visits are:

  • Tuesday, March 6 – Asmara Tekle
  • Tuesday, March 13 – Robert Ahdieh
  • Wednesday, March 28 – Brooke Coleman
  • Thursday, April 5 – Margaret Sova McCabe

Dates are subject to change. Please check the School of Law Dean Search page for updates.

ABout the Candidates

Robert B. Ahdieh is the K.H. Gyr Professor of Private International Law and director of the Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance at the Emory University School of Law, where he has been on faculty since 2000. During his tenure, he has held the roles of associate dean for faculty for one year and vice dean for six years. More information about Ahdieh is available on the School of Law Dean Search page.

Brooke D. Coleman joined the Seattle University School of Law faculty in 2009. She is currently the co-associate dean of research and faculty development and professor of law. More information about Coleman is available on the School of Law Dean Search page.

Margaret Sova McCabe has been on the University of New Hampshire School of Law faculty since 2007 and affiliate faculty at the Carsey School for the university’s joint Juris Doctor/Master in Public Policy since 2016. She previously served three years as associate dean of academic affairs and two years as associate dean of academic administration and special projects. More information about Sova McCabe is available on the School of Law Dean Search page.

Asmara M. Tekle is a professor at the Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law, where she has been on the faculty since 2006. She served as associate dean for research and faculty development for three years. More information about Tekle is available on the School of Law Dean Search page.

About University of Arkansas School of Law: The University of Arkansas School of Law prepares students for success through a challenging curriculum taught by nationally recognized faculty, unique service opportunities and a close-knit community that puts students first. With alumni in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, two territories and more than 20 countries, it has been ranked among the top 10 "Best Values in Legal Education" by the National Jurist magazine for five consecutive years and is among the top 42 public law schools, according to U.S. News and World Report.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among only 2 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.


Darinda Sharp, director of communications
School of Law


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