Donald Lewis, co-founder of Halleland, Lewis, Nilan & Johnson, will become Hamline's new Law Dean on July 1, 2008. He will succeed Dean Jon Garon who plans to return to the Hamline Law faculty after a one-year sabbatical. Lewis has been an adjunct faculty at Hamline since 2004 and previously taught at William Mitchell College of Law. He works primarily in commercial litigation, and labor and employment law. Previously he served six years as an assistant U.S. attorney in Minnesota and was a trial attorney in the U.S. Justice Department. Lewis also was an attorney at Popham Haik. He holds a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
"Don Lewis has a wealth of experience in the legal community and has distinguished himself as an educator, a champion of diversity and a focused visionary," noted Hamline University President Linda Hanson.
Lewis recently was quoted in a Minnesota Lawyer story about his new position, "I want to continue the law school's progress on those quality measures that make a difference in the external community. And not just things like the U.S. News and World Report rankings, but also our own legal and business communities, the places that hire our graduates."