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Creighton’s Interim Law School Dean Named

Creighton’s Interim Law School Dean Named

Creighton University has named Marianne B. Culhane, professor of law, as interim dean of the School of Law effective July 1. She fills the vacancy created when School of Law Dean Patrick J. Borchers, J.D., was named vice president for Academic Affairs.

Culhane has been on the faculty since 1977, teaching a variety of commercial and business law courses.  She frequently writes and speaks on consumer bankruptcy and has been active in legal reform.  She has served on the Board of Trustees of the Iowa Law School Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Omaha Legal Aid Society.  In 2003, she served as the Robert Zinman Scholar-in-Residence at the American Bankruptcy Institute’s headquarters in Alexandria, Va.

She is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Certification, for which she has served as Dean of Faculty.   With her colleague Michaela White, professor of law, Culhane has been awarded several extramural grants to support empirical research in bankruptcy and has published two books and numerous articles on bankruptcy.    

Prior to joining Creighton, she was an associate at the law firm of Eisenstatt, Higgins, Kinnamon, Okun & Stern in Omaha. She served as a law clerk to Judge Donald P. Lay of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. 

She is a cum laude graduate of Carleton College and earned her law degree magna cum laude at the University of Iowa’s College of Law.  She is married to Creighton law graduate Thomas J. Culhane and has four children.

Creighton University’s School of Law has educated aspiring attorneys in legal theory, practice and ethics for over 100 years. The law school's motto is "educating for service and justice" and its goal is to produce attorneys who not only care for their clients' needs, but also recognize their own over-arching duty to the profession and society at large. Founded in 1904, the Creighton University School of Law enrolls about 470 students annually.

Creighton University is a Jesuit, Catholic university bridging health, law, business and the arts and sciences for a more just world.