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Creighton School of Law Names New Dean

Creighton School of Law Names New Dean

Creighton University has named Eric A. Chiappinelli, J.D., dean of the School of Law, effective July 2008. He will replace Marianne Culhane, who has served as acting dean since Patrick Borchers was named vice president for Academic Affairs in July.

Chiappinelli now serves as associate dean for Alumni and Professional Relations at Seattle University School of Law, where he has taught for more than 20 years.

“We are extremely fortunate to be able to attract a teacher, scholar and administrator of Dean Chiappinelli’s caliber,” said Borchers, law school dean from 1999 to 2007.

“Creighton University’s national reputation and Catholic Jesuit values help make our University attractive to scholars of this quality,” said the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., Creighton president.

A 1975 graduate of Claremont McKenna College in California, Chiappinelli earned his law degree in 1978 from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He served as a clerk with the Supreme Court of California and the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. Chiappinelli practiced law in Los Angeles with the firms of Munger, Tolles & Olson and Jones Day.

His teaching and writing have been primarily in the area of business law, and he has published numerous law review articles on corporate and securities law topics. His latest scholarly project is a casebook on business entities. Chiappinelli’s current research interests include nonprofit governance and the relationship between corporate law and family dynamics.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as the next dean of Creighton’s law school. The accomplished and vibrant faculty, and the dedication of both the staff and the students have particularly impressed me. I am very much looking forward to working with Patrick Borchers and Fr. Schlegel as the law school builds on its past successes to attain even greater prominence,” said Chiappinelli.

Chiappinelli’s pro bono and charitable activities include arbitrating disputes between investors and their stockbrokers. He has served on dozens of arbitration panels for the New York Stock Exchange and the National Association of Securities Dealers, resolving disputes ranging from $5,000 to $1 million.

Chiappinelli is an elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI). The ALI is comprised of lawyers, judges, and scholars elected on the basis of their professional achievement and demonstrated interest in improvement of the law. He is an active participant in ALI’s Nonprofit Organizations project, serving on the Members’ Consultative Group. He also serves as reporter for the Securities Law Committee of the Washington State Bar, which recently revised the Securities Act of Washington. Chiappinelli has also consulted with the practicing bar in family business, nonprofit organization, corporate governance and securities matters.