The Appalachian School of Law is pleased to announce the appointment of Lucy S. McGough as the institution's eighth Dean. She will also serve as President.
McGough, currently the Vinson and Elkins Professor of Law at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, will succeed current ASL Dean Clinton W. Shinn. Shinn has served as dean since December 2006 and will be returning to teaching. He will step down on June 30.
"We are pleased that Professor McGough has agreed to lead ASL into the next phase of its development," Shinn said. "I am confident that with someone of her stature at the helm, the institution will continue to mature on both a regional and national level."
McGough, who grew up in Bowling Green, Ky., has been on the LSU faculty for more than 25 years. Previously, she taught at Emory University in Atlanta for 13 years, where she was Candler Professor of Law, one of 12 university chairs. Her courses have included Family Law, Criminal Justice, and Juvenile Law. She has been a member of the American Bar Association's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Standards Review Committee, which writes accreditation standards for U.S. law schools, and previously chaired the site accreditation committee that visited ASL before it was granted full ABA accreditation.
"Three years ago, when I came to ASL's campus to study the School for ABA re-accreditation, I thought it was the most remarkable law school I had ever officially visited," McGough said. "I came home and raved to everyone I encountered about all that the School was accomplishing and could accomplish. ... I was and continue to be moved by the School's unique mission and character."
McGough received her J.D. from Emory University Law School. She also holds an LL.M. from Harvard University School of Law and a B.A. from Agnes Scott College. She has written extensively on juvenile justice and family law, and she helps teach a clinic in which third-year law students represent juveniles in court. She is also working through a MacArthur Foundation grant to create a model juvenile defense clinic for use in U.S. law schools and is a member of Louisiana's State Public Defender Board.
James Bowers, McGough's husband, will be joining the ASL faculty in the fall. Bowers, a Montana native, is the Oliver P. Stockwell Professor of Law at LSU, where he has taught since 1982. He is also chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Law and Economics. He holds a B.A. and L.L.B. from Yale University. He has taught Contracts, Uniform Commercial Code-Sales, Secured Transactions, and a Legal Scholarship Seminar.
"We are so honored by the offers to join these colleagues," McGough said. "We are excited by all the opportunities for wider recognition of the superb education that ASL offers its students."