NKU announces new dean of Chase College of Law

Judith Daar

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. — Northern Kentucky University (NKU) has selected Judith Daar as dean of the Salmon P. Chase College of Law. Daar will assume the role on July 1, 2019.

Daar comes to NKU from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where she serves as a visiting professor at the School of Law and a clinical professor at the School of Medicine. She is also the former interim dean and professor of Law at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California. Daar earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

“We are very pleased to name Judy as the dean of Chase College of Law. She has an exceptional academic career forged from her deep understanding of legal education. Judy is a great fit to lead Chase and build on its strong foundation of producing the top legal talent in the region,” said NKU Provost Sue Ott Rowlands.

Daar’s academic career in the health law field focuses on emerging technologies in family formation. She has served as chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the largest reproductive medicine organization in the world. She has served as president of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics and sat on the Board of Directors. Daar also served as the co-chair of the American Bar Association Section on Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, Bioethics Committee and was elected to the prestigious American Law Institute.

“Chase has a long history of providing outstanding legal education as reflected in a strong network of proud and accomplished alumni. I look forward to working with the talented faculty and staff who are dedicated to shaping Chase’s highly capable students into practice-ready and service-minded attorneys, poised to take their place as leaders in the legal profession,” said Daar.

As a professor, Daar teaches courses in Property, Wills & Trusts, Health Law, Bioethics and Reproductive Technologies and the Law. She has spoken extensively on legal, medical and ethical issues in reproductive medicine, including presenting at the recent International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong and giving testimony to the National Academies of Science. Her scholarly work includes over 100 book chapters, articles, white papers and editorials on a range of topics including prenatal genetic testing, human reproductive cloning, regulation of reproductive technologies and malfeasance in the provision of assisted conception services.

Chase College of Law offers full-time and part-time programs of study and has an enrollment of about 400 students on the NKU campus. In addition to traditional classes, students can participate in the college’s W. Bruce Lunsford Academy for Law, Business + Technology. For more on Chase, visit its website.

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