Buffalo News, Candidate for Dean of UB Law School Charged in Embezzlement Scheme:
A finalist to become the next dean of the University at Buffalo Law School was indicted this week on federal fraud charges related to the alleged embezzlement of millions of dollars from investors in a company he helped run.
The U.S. Attorney's Office District of Minnesota charged Edward S. Adams, 64, a law professor at the University of Minnesota, with eight counts of mail fraud and six counts of wire fraud.
Adams — an expert in corporate law and a former associate dean at the University of Minnesota Law School — was among five finalists for the dean's post at the UB Law School who visited the campus in February and met with law school faculty and top university officials. ...
UB launched a search for a new dean last September, with a 15-member committee led by Paul Tesluk, dean of the UB School of Management. The former UB Law School dean, Makau W. Mutua, resigned in 2014 [amidst perjury allegations in lawsuit by former professor]. James A. Gardner, a constitutional law expert, has been serving as interim law school dean.
The university hired a national firm, Russell Reynolds Associates, to assist with the search. University administrators are hoping new leadership will help overcome divisions within the Law School and bolster its sagging U.S. News & World Report rankings [106, down from 82 in 2013].
Adams was the first of five finalists to visit campus in February. He followed up his visit with an open letter to UB law faculty saying he looked "forward to receiving an offer to be Dean at UB. I believe I will excel at it. It will be my sole focus." He also invited them to call him with any questions.
The other finalists who visited UB were: Aviva Abramovsky, associate dean for international initiatives and special projects and professor of law at Syracuse University; Wayne A. Logan, professor of law in the Florida State University College of Law; Katherine Hunt Federle, professor of law and director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Law & Policy Studies at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law; and Renee Newman Knake, professor of law in Michigan State University's College of Law. Logan withdrew his candidacy for personal reasons after his visit. The on-campus visits were completed Feb. 27.
Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:
- Former SUNY-Buffalo Law Prof Sues Dean for Wrongful Termination (Apr. 22, 2012)
- Eight Senior SUNY-Buffalo Law Profs Accept Buyouts (Mar. 19, 2014)
- SUNY-Buffalo Law School Dean Resigns Amidst Perjury Allegations in Lawsuit by Former Professor (Sept. 23, 2014)
- Deep Rift Exposed as SUNY-Buffalo Dean Resigns; Faculty Foes Allege Perjury, Mismanagement of Law School (Sept. 29, 2014)
- Turmoil Continues At SUNY-Buffalo Law School (July 20, 2015)
- SUNY-Buffalo Law School Bars Fired Professor From Campus (Oct. 20, 2015)
- Federal Magistrate Recommends Dismissal Of Former SUNY-Buffalo Law Prof's Wrongful Termination Suit Against Former Dean (Dec. 7, 2015)
- SUNY-Buffalo Law School Reduces Full-Time Faculty By 50% Through Retirement Incentives (Jan. 28, 2016)
- SUNY-Buffalo Law School, After Reducing Faculty By 50% Through Buyouts, Pays Former Dean $300k While He Works For World Bank (Mar. 10, 2016)