University of Illinois dean is leaving for new Minnesota Catholic law school

Posted: Friday, February 08, 2002

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The University of St. Thomas School of Law, opened last fall with an openly ''faith-based'' approach to legal education, is hiring away the dean at the well-regarded University of Illinois law school.

Thomas Mengler, 48, will succeed the retiring St. Thomas dean, David Link, in June. Link was previously law school dean at the University of Notre Dame.

St. Thomas plans to begins construction in March for a $31 million law school building to open in 2003. The university plans to increase law school enrollment, currently 120, to 450 by 2008.


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