Philip McConnaughay, Dean of Penn State Law School, Named Dean of Peking U School of Transnational Law

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China's first American-style Law School has named the Dean of Penn State's Law School, Philip McConnaughay, to be its second dean, succeeding Jeffrey Lehman, the former president of Cornell University.

"Dean McConnaughay is one of the great leaders in the world of legal education"

Philip J. McConnaughay, the widely admired Dean of the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, has been named Dean of the Peking University School of Transnational Law (“STL”), effective this summer.

“Dean McConnaughay is one of the great leaders in the world of legal education,” said Peking University Vice President Hai Wen, in announcing the appointment. “We consider ourselves deeply fortunate that he has now decided to devote his energies to the continued growth and development of STL.”

STL is the first law school in the world to integrate a true American-style J.D. education, graduate-level instruction in Chinese law, and a focus on complex legal transactions that cross national borders. Now in its fifth year of teaching, the school draws the best students in China to study with a faculty comprising some of the most widely admired names in the world of legal education.

"STL has established a new global standard of excellence in legal education," said Dean McConnaughay, on the occasion of his appointment. "I feel very privileged and honored to be joining such a distinguished faculty and University. I look forward to the opportunity to contribute to a law school whose mission and exceptional students are certain to shape the future of global legal services and international cooperation."

Dean McConnaughay has been the Dean at Penn State since 2002, and since 2007 he has served concurrently as Founding Dean of Penn State’s School of International Affairs. Under his leadership, the law school has seen a dramatic improvement in its stature, attracting internationally renowned scholars to its faculty and a vastly more competitive student body.

Before moving to Penn State, Dean McConnaughay was a professor at the University of Illinois, after having led a distinguished career in transnational legal practice. An authority on international commercial arbitration and intellectual property law, he spent twelve years as a partner in Morrison and Foerster’s offices in Washington, D.C., Tokyo, and Hong Kong.

The announcement completes an international search for a successor to Jeffrey S. Lehman, STL’s Chancellor and Founding Dean, who stepped aside last summer to become the inaugural vice chancellor of NYU Shanghai. During the 2012-13 academic year, the school is being led by Acting Dean Stephen T. Yandle, who has served as STL’s Associate Dean since 2009.

For further information, please visit, or contact Kim Zhong, at zhongxj(at)stl(dot)pku(dot)edu(dot)cn or +86 755-2603-5325.

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