Larry Sager, John Jeffers Research Chair in Law and Alice Jane Drysdale Sheffield Regents Chair, resigned his post as dean effective December 8, 2011. A search for the next dean of the University of Texas School of Law is currently underway.
Stefanie Lindquist, A.W. Walker Centennial Chair in Law and, previously, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, has been appointed interim dean.
Lindquist has taught at the Law School since 2008. Prior to her arrival at the University of Texas, she taught political science and law at Vanderbilt University and at the University of Georgia. Her scholarship focuses on judicial behavior in the federal and state appellate courts. In Judging on a Collegial Court: Influences on Federal Appellate Decision Making, Lindquist and coauthors Wendy Martinek and Virginia Hettinger explored dissensus on the federal courts of appeals by evaluating factors that influenced circuit court judges’ decisions to dissent, concur, and reverse the lower court. In Measuring Judicial Activism, Lindquist and coauthor Frank Cross, Herbert D. Kelleher Centennial Professor of Business Law at the School of Law and Professor of Law at the McCombs School of Business, identified objective, empirical measures of judicial activism on the United States Supreme Court. Other research has been published in numerous political science and law journals.
At the Law School, she teaches Legislation, Federal Courts, and Administrative Law. She also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin.