Apr 7, 2021

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of Chancellor Gillman, I am pleased to announce that Bryant Garth has returned to UCI to serve as interim dean of the School of Law, effective June 2, 2021.

Since retiring in 2019, Professor Garth has remained affiliated with the university as Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus. He also serves as co-director of the Center for Empirical Research on the Legal Profession, which plays an active role in connecting UCI with a community of lawyers and scholars dedicated to advancing research and public engagement on legal profession issues.

Before joining UCI in 2012, he served as dean of Southwestern Law School and dean of the Indiana University Bloomington School of Law. He also served as director of the American Bar Foundation and co-editor of the Journal of Legal Education.

He is a graduate of Yale University, Stanford Law School, and he earned a Ph.D. in Law at the European University Institute in Florence. His scholarship focuses on the legal profession, the sociology of law, globalization and legal education. Two of his books, co-authored with Yves Dezalay, Dealing in Virtue and Asian Legal Revivals, were given the Herbert Jacob Book Prize from the Law & Society Association.

Please join me in congratulating Professor Garth on his new role. A national search for the next dean and associated conversations with the faculty are expected to begin in the fall.


Hal S. Stern, Ph.D.
Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Chancellor’s Professor, Department of Statistics