Dean Donald Kochan

Donald Kochan
has been named the new Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law. This position is the first-of-its-kind at
Fowler Law
. “I am delighted to announce the creation of this important new position and I am confident that Donald Kochan will carry it out with innovation, dedication and passion,” said Dean Tom Campbell.

Part of this new role will be to increase visibility of the scholarship produced by the Fowler Law faculty. “I am so pleased to have this opportunity to assist our faculty, already strong producers of high quality scholarship, with developing and improving their scholarship and to help their work receive the attention it deserves,” said Dean Kochan.

The new Associate Dean position has the mandate to help faculty develop as teachers as well. “We will be aggressively implementing new programs to assist faculty with keeping current on the latest pedagogical innovations. Through internal ‘continuing teaching education’ programs, we will stress the need for regular attention to enhancing each faculty member’s teaching skills,” added Dean Kochan.

“I am excited by the entrepreneurial opportunities this position provides to serve as a resource for the outstanding group of scholars we have on the faculty here at Chapman’s law school. I look forward to the opportunity to support, expand and promote the scholarly activities of our faculty through this new position. I am equally excited by the commitment the administration has made to provide even greater support for our faculty to improve their skills as law teachers and to help them better inform their classrooms with emerging knowledge about teaching and learning.” – Dean Donald Kochan

Dean Kochan will also continue as Professor of Law at Fowler. He has published more than 30 scholarly articles and essays in well-respected law journals, including recently in the
Brigham Young University Law Review
Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics
University of Pittsburgh Law Review
Berkeley Journal of International Law
, and
Virginia Journal of Social Policy & Law
. His work has been cited in more than 250 published law review articles, in addition to numerous citations in other sources including legal texts, treatises, briefs, and case law. Dean Kochan has also published opinion editorials in leading newspapers across the country, recently including the
Wall Street Journal
and the
Los Angeles Times

Dean Kochan received the 2014 Valerie Scudder Award from Chapman University, a merit-based award selected by peers in recognition of outstanding achievement in scholarship, teaching, and service, and one of the highest honors given to a faculty member at the University. Among his numerous activities, Dean Kochan serves on the Executive Board of the Section on Property Law for the Association of American Law Schools and was elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2014.

A graduate of Cornell Law School, Dean Kochan previously served as a judicial clerk for The Honorable Richard F. Suhrheinrich on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, as an Olin Fellow at the University of Virginia School of Law, and as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law. He also was an associate with the law firm Crowell & Moring in Washington, D.C.

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