The University of La Verne has appointed Kevin Marshall as interim dean of the College of Law. He assumed his new role on Oct. 16.
Marshall, who has been serving as associate dean of academic affairs and faculty development, said he is honored by the appointment and eager to expand his role in helping the college’s students reach their potential.
“It is with great gratitude that I assume the charge of serving our College of Law as its interim dean,” he said. “I am proud to lead a team of administrators, faculty, and staff who are guiding students as they find their rightful place in the legal profession.”
Marshall replaces Dean Emeritus Gilbert A. Holmes, who retired in the fall. Holmes led the College of Law to full accreditation from the American Bar Association during his four-year tenure. Holmes also helped to introduce innovative programs such as the True Tuition Model, Court Observation Week, litigation and transactional law tracks, and bar readiness courses.
Marshall plans to build on that foundation, and the college will continue to evolve its curriculum under his leadership.
“The College of Law is advancing a comprehensive program review initiative that will systematically and continuously assess our legal education program so we can continue to improve all aspects of the La Verne Law experience,” Marshall said.
Marshall received a Ph.D. in political economy from the University of Texas, where he also earned a Master of Public Affairs. He earned a Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law in Georgia and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Knox College in Illinois.
From 1994 to 2004, Marshall served as a private practice attorney in Dallas, focused on state and federal civil cases, as well as commercial litigation. Marshall is a practicing economist and has served for the past 20 years as an economic expert in state and federal courts across the United States.
He joined the University of La Verne College of Law in 2004 as a professor, teaching topics such as contract and antitrust law, corporate finance, and horizontal and vertical mergers. He has served as program coordinator for students pursuing both Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees since 2004. Marshall became co-director of the La Verne Experience in 2014.
Marshall also teaches for the College of Business and Public Management in subjects including economics, finance, and quantitative and qualitative analysis for public management.
He has received awards including the law school’s Student Bar Association Professor of the Year in 2005, 2012, and 2014, and the Society of Legal Studies & Business Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. He received the California Bar Examiner’s Honorarium in 2009 and 2013. Since entering academia on a full-time basis in 2004, Marshall has published and presented books and articles involving the interdisciplinary workings of law, economics and statistics. Marshall’s work has been cited by both state and federal appellate courts, as well as by other law reviews and sources. Marshall’s research interests and publications focus on complexity theory and its relevancy to public administration and law.
Marshall has spoken at conferences across the U.S., France, and Nigeria – presenting on topics such as free enterprise and tort reform.