"It has been an honor and great fun to serve as dean," said Perlman, who has been the NU law dean since 1983. "I think the college is in a very strong position with an excellent faculty, a good student body and wide alumni support. It is an opportune time for me to turn the leadership over to someone else. After 15 years of administrative responsibilities I want to spend more time pursuing my interests in teaching and research.
"It is my intention to return to the faculty here at the Law College. My family and I are very content in Lincoln. This is a great place to live and work."
Perlman earned his bachelor's (1963) and juris doctorate (1966) degrees at Nebraska and served on the NU law faculty from 1967-73. In 1974, he joined the faculty of the University of Virginia Law School, where he taught until he returned to Nebraska as dean. He has also taught at the University of Chicago Law School, the University of Iowa Law College, Florida State University College of Law and the University of Puget Sound Law School. He served for nine months in 1995-96 as acting senior vice chancellor for academic affairs.
"Harvey Perlman has distinguished himself as one of America's leading law deans," said Chancellor James Moeser. "That he is loved by his faculty is itself an extraordinary fact. In addition, however, he is widely respected nationally as a scholar and a leader in the profession. He leaves a strong legacy. I am gratified that he will not be leaving Nebraska, but will remain as a faculty member. I consider the law school to be one of the university's jewels, and I will place a very high priority on finding a successor to Dean Perlman who is worthy to take up his mantle."
Perlman serves as a Nebraska representative to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, on the Council of the American Law Institute, as member of the board of trustees of the American Inns of Court Foundation as a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
In Nebraska, he is a member of the house of delegates of the Nebraska State Bar Association, the executive committee of Nebraska Continuing Legal Education Inc. and the board of directors of the fellows of the Nebraska Bar Foundation. He has published widely in the field of trademarks and unfair competition law.
"Harvey Perlman is a wonderful academic leader, as highly respected by legal scholars across the country as he is cherished by his colleagues here," said Rick Edwards, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. "We will sorely miss Dean Perlman's leadership, but fortunately the entire campus will continue to benefit from Professor Perlman's sharp intellect, wise counsel, good humor, and intense commitment to the University of Nebraska"
Edwards said he will appoint a committee in the near future
to perform a national search for a new dean the Law College.
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