Dean Blake D. Morant among 25 finalists named by The National Jurist as most influential in legal education

Dean Blake D. Morant is among the 24 legal educators and one legal education public policy advocate The National Jurist has named to its 2012 list of the most influential people in legal education.

The magazine requested nominations from every law school in the nation, and received more than 85. It’s editorial team narrowed the list down to 50 and then asked 350 people in legal education, including, every law school dean, to rate each nominee based on how much they influenced them in the past 12 months.

 The final list includes law school deans and professors, with one exception — Kyle McEntee, co-founder of Law School Transparency, a non-profit organization.

Other honorees include some of the more controversial figures in legal education, including Paul Campos and Brian Tamanaha.

“It was surprising to see both the agitators and the establishment on the list,” said Jack Crittenden, Editor in Chief of the National Jurist in an announcement released today. “The list is a who’s who of the people who have shaped the discussion over the past year, which has been a challenging and pivotal year. While some have shaped discussion through traditional means, others have stirred the pot more. But even though there has been much criticism about their means, it is clear that those who spoke up about legal education were heard.”

The finalists will be published in order or influence in the January issue of National Jurist, due on stands at the start of January.

Here is the list in alphabetical order:

Catherine Carpenter, Professor, Southwestern Law School

Paul Campos, Professor, University of Colorado Law School

Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, University of California Irvine School of Law

Jim Chen, Professor, University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law

Hiram Chodosh, Dean, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

The Faculty of Washington and Lee School of Law

Bryant Garth, Professor, Southwestern Law School, University of California Irvine

John Garvey, Professor, University of New Hampshire School of Law

Claudio Grossman, Dean, American University Washington College of Law

Phoebe Haddon,  Dean, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

William Henderson, Professor, Indiana University Maurer School of Law – Bloomington

Kevin Johnson, Dean, University of California Davis School of Law

David Levi, Dean, Duke University School of Law

Lizabeth Moody, Professor and Dean Emeritus, Stetson University College of Law

Jerry Organ, Professor, University of St. Thomas School of Law – Minneapolis

John O’Brien, Dean, New England Law Boston

Sophie Sparrow, Professor, University of New Hampshire School of Law

Richard Sander, Professor, University of California at Los Angeles School of Law

Brian Tamanaha, Professor, Washington University School of Law

William Treanor, Dean and Executive VP, Georgetown University Law Center

Kyle McEntee, Co-founder, Law School Transparency

Blake Morant, Dean, Wake Forest University School of Law 

Patricia White, Dean, University of Miami School of Law

Philip Weiser, Dean, University of Colorado Law School

Frank Wu, Chancellor & Dean, University of California, Hastings College of the Law