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Creighton’s School of Law Dean Named

Creighton’s School of Law Dean Named

Creighton University has named Marianne B. Culhane, J.D., professor of law, as Dean of the School of Law effective Jan. 1, 2010. She becomes the 10th dean of the School of Law since its founding in 1904 and is the first woman to hold the position.

Culhane has been on the faculty since 1977, teaching a variety of commercial and business law courses. She served as interim dean from June 2007 to July 2008. She frequently writes and speaks on consumer bankruptcy and has been active in legal reform.

“Professor Culhane was the overwhelming choice of the faculty to take on the role as dean. Her long experience at the school, her graceful personality, her national reputation as a scholar and her strong bond with our students, faculty, staff and alumni make her the right person to lead the school in this challenging time,” said Patrick J. Borchers, J.D., vice president for Academic Affairs and law school dean from 1999 to 2007.

Culhane has served on the Board of Trustees of the Iowa Law School Foundation, as well as the Boards of Directors of the Omaha Legal Aid Society and the American Board of Certification, for which she served as Dean of Faculty. In 2009, she was named the Southern Bankruptcy Law Institute Distinguished Visitor at Georgia State University Law School in Atlanta, Ga. In 2003, she was the Robert Zinman Scholar-in-Residence at the American Bankruptcy Institute’s headquarters in Alexandria, Va. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. 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. “

It will be a great honor to work with the Law School’s talented faculty, staff and alumni to prepare our students for 21st century law practice. Together we must meet new challenges—the rising cost of legal education and finding jobs for graduates in a down economy—to name just two, as well as the continuing need to compete for able students, improve the curriculum and support faculty scholarship,” said Culhane.

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

A cum laude graduate of Carleton College, she 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. 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.