Public domain image via Wikimedia Commons.
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Loyola Marymount University Wednesday announced the appointment of Michael Waterstone – a leading expert on the rights of the disabled – as the 18th dean and senior vice president of Loyola Law School in downtown Los Angeles, effective June 1.

Waterstone is currently the J. Howard Ziemann Fellow and professor of law at Loyola Law School, where he has been on the faculty for a decade.

According to LMU, Waterstone “is a leading scholar on the civil rights of persons with disabilities and an influential voice in the national disability community.”

“He has published articles in top law reviews, authored a casebook, has testified before the United States Senate, and has worked extensively with foreign governments and nongovernmental organizations internationally on disability laws,” according to an LMU statement.

Waterstone has taught at the University of Mississippi Law School, the University of Haifa and Northwestern Pritzker Law School.

Prior to his academic appointments, Waterstone practiced law in Los Angeles at Munger, Tolles, Olson, LLP.

Waterstone joined Loyola’s faculty in 2006, and from 2009 to 2014 served as associate dean for research and academic centers. He helped develop a networking program for first-year students that was recognized as innovative by PreLaw Magazine.

The Los Angeles native has held appointments in both the California Bar and American Bar Association focusing on diversity issues.

Waterstone will replace Paul T. Hayden, who has served in as interim dean since June 2015, and Victor Gold, who served as dean of Loyola Law School from 2009 to 2015.   Waterstone graduated in 1999 from Harvard Law School and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA.

— Wire reports 

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