Sandra Keen McGlothlin, Associate Dean of the law school since 2007, is the new Interim Dean of the Appalachian School of Law. She replaces Daniel Caldwell, who resigned for health reasons. McGlothlin said, "It is an honor to have been chosen to be the next leader of the Appalachian School of Law. I have always had great respect for the mission and purpose of the law school. I look forward to working with the students, faculty, staff, alumni and trustees during this time of both challenge and extraordinary opportunity."
Dean McGlothlin graduated from T.C. Williams School of Law of the University of Richmond in 1981 and received her B.A. degree from The University of Virginia in 1978. Prior to becoming a full-time Professor at the Appalachian School of Law, she practiced law in a private firm for more than twenty (20) years where she handled a variety of legal matters while focusing on family law and the law concerning children. She has practiced in all levels of the Courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia and participated in numerous jury trials. In addition, she has served as an elected public official and as a member of the governing boards of several non-profit organizations.
Dean McGlothlin has taught Family Law, Juvenile Law and Virginia Civil Procedure. She has repeatedly been chosen Professor of the Year by ASL students. McGlothlin is a co-author of the book Virginia Practice: Civil Discovery, which was published by Thompson West, and she is the author of "No More Rag Dolls in the Corner: A Proposal to Give Children in Custody Disputes a Voice, Respect, Dignity, and Hope," an article which appeared in The Journal of Law and Family Studies.
The Honorable Teresa Chafin, Judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Appalachian School of Law, stated, "Dean McGlothlin understands the law and the impact that the Appalachian School of Law has had on the Appalachian region. She is respected in her field and a tireless advocate for students. She has the knowledge and ability to provide the leadership which the school needs."