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Brewbaker named dean of UA School of Law

William S. Brewbaker III has been named dean of The University of Alabama School of Law and will begin his tenure July 10.

Brewbaker is the William Alfred Rose Professor of Law with the School of Law.

“Professor Brewbaker is an exceptional legal scholar who is deeply committed to our state, our law school and our faculty, staff and students,” said Dr. Jim Dalton, UA executive vice president and provost. “His aspirational vision positions him well to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead for legal education, and to lead Alabama Law to even greater heights.”

Brewbaker is a native of Montgomery, and a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia School of Law. He practiced law in Birmingham from 1986 to 1992, eventually leaving law practice to pursue a Master of Laws in health care law at Duke University.

“I’m thrilled to have the privilege of serving as our School of Law’s next dean,” said Brewbaker. “I know first-hand the firm foundation on which we will be building, and I’m grateful to our University leadership for the strong support the law school enjoys. We have an accomplished and generous faculty, dedicated and capable staff, loyal and enthusiastic alumni leaders, and the most capable and diverse student body we’ve ever assembled.”

Brewbaker became a full-time faculty member with the UA School of Law in 1993 and has taught courses in health care law, property law, antitrust and jurisprudence, as well as seminars in bioethics, law and economics, and Christian legal thought. His research interests include health care law and legal philosophy.

Brewbaker is co-editor of two books in Aspen’s Health Care Corporate Law series and has written law review articles dealing with health care antitrust, price regulation, physician unionization and managed care liability. He has also co-edited a leading law school casebook on Christian legal thought and has written numerous articles and book chapters examining theological perspectives on law.

An elected member of the American Law Institute, Brewbaker served as the School of Law’s associate dean for special programs in the 2011 and 2012 calendar years and as interim dean during the 2013-2014 academic year.

“Our goal will be to continue and improve upon our rich tradition of excellence in research, teaching and service to our profession, the state of Alabama and our nation,” Brewbaker said. “We want to provide an outstanding educational experience for every one of our students while they are in law school and great professional opportunities when they graduate.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together.”

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