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Sunday, March 26, 2017

SUNY-Buffalo Law School Dean Finalist Charged With Embezzling $7 Million

SUNY 2Buffalo 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.

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One wonders why the search firm was asleep at the wheel and didn't find out any of this beforehand.

Posted by: TS | Mar 28, 2017 1:18:56 AM