Hamline Law School dean steps down to resume private practice


Hamline University School of Law Dean Donald Lewis is stepping down. Minnesota Lawyer reports that he plans to return to private practice at the firm he helped to found.

The school says he will continue through the end of the year. His first day back at Nilan Johnson Lewis will be Jan. 1.

During Lewis’ five year tenure, the Hamline law school experienced its largest jump in its U.S. News & World Report ranking. University leaders credit Lewis with “right sizing” the student body while maintaining academic quality. He also grew contributions from alumni.

“My work at Hamline has been both the most fulfilling and most challenging in my career,” Lewis said in a statement. "I will miss being part of the Hamline family, but I’m very excited about returning to the practice of problem-solving for clients.”

Last month, Lewis was selected by the city of St Paul to look into the fatal landslide at Lilydale Regional Park that killed two boys.

A St. Paul native, Lewis graduated from the Harvard Law School. He helped start the firm now known as Nilan Johnson Lewis. His practice areas are employment litigation, health care law and white-collar criminal defense.

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