Emory University names new law school dean

Emory University announced Thursday it has named the next dean of its law school.

Mary Anne Bobinski will lead the law school in August, becoming the first woman to hold the position. Emory opened its law school in 1916.

Bobinski is currently a professor at the Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, Canada, where she also served as dean from 2003 to 2015.

The university’s president, Claire E. Sterk, said in a statement that Bobinski is a leader in health law “and one that leads with an eye towards the impact lawyers can have on society.”

Bobinski is a past president and board member of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics and a past member of the Canadian Public Health Officer's Ethics Advisory Committee. She has served as a visiting scholar at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, the University of Sydney Law School, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Melbourne Law School, and the Faculty of Law at Oxford University.

“I am truly honored to join Emory Law and look forward to working with the law school community, alumni, and others to develop and implement an ambitious plan for the law school’s future,” Bobinski said in a statement.