Appointment of Interim Dean of the School of Law

October 29, 2009

UCLA Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Administrative Officers, Deans, Department Chairs, Directors, Vice Chancellors, School of Law Faculty

Dear Colleagues:

I am writing to inform you that Chancellor Block and I have proposed for UC Regents’ approval the appointment of Stephen C. Yeazell as interim dean of the School of Law, effective November 23, 2009.

Professor Yeazell, David G. Price and Dallas P. Price Distinguished Professor of Law, has taught at UCLA since 1975, bringing to his new role many years of academic leadership, service and an outstanding research and teaching career in the areas of civil procedure, civil litigation and structure of the legal profession.  Among his publications are a definitive history of the class action, the most widely used course book in civil procedure, and a recently published book exploring contemporary civil litigation and the legal profession.

Professor Yeazell has earned UCLA’s highest honors both for his teaching and research, receiving the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award in 1979 and the designation of Faculty Research Lecturer in 2007.  He served as associate dean of the School of Law from 1995 to 1998 and as chair of UCLA’s Academic Senate in 2000-01.

Professor Yeazell brings a wealth of experience to the position, and I appreciate very much his willingness to take on this important role.  I also am deeply grateful to Michael Schill for his dedicated service as dean since 2004.

Please join me in congratulating Professor Yeazell and in welcoming him to this new and important role.


Scott L. Waugh
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost