NDLS Welcomes Dean for the Day Christopher Ian Lapp

Chris Lapp

Chris Lapp

I am pleased to announce that Christopher Ian Lapp will become Dean of the University of Notre Dame Law School on April 22, 2013, and has agreed to serve in that important and august position until April 23, 2013. During Dean Lapp’s short – but surely memorable – deanship, I will return to the faculty to concentrate on my research.

Dean Lapp was chosen by an incredibly rigorous process – he was the highest bidder at the Fr. Mike Show – and as a fellow Classics major, I am confident he will serve the law school community well. Dean Lapp attended The Summit Country Day School in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he excelled in the study of the Classics. He later attended The London School of Economics and attained a degree in International Relations. There, he co-founded the Republican Society in order to foster dialogue on American politics.

He has worked as an analyst for the intelligence branch of the State Department and as an advisor to Senator Rob Portman. Additionally, he has experience in the non-profit world, having spent time researching the role of mentoring in academic success. He has been published in the Financial Times for his views on metaphors in political speech and the relevance of Roman history to recent events.

Dean Lapp’s tenure in the Dean’s office will begin Monday morning, April 22, at 9:00 AM. I am asking the associate deans and senior administrators to make themselves available to brief Dean Lapp on pressing issues facing the law school. I am counting on him to solve all of these problems during what I expect will be a short, but fulfilling, tenure as dean. He will be assisted throughout the day by Julie Shook, the Dean’s assistant.

Dean Lapp has assured me that he has no plans to make radical changes in the policies or practices of the law school. Finals, for example, will not be cancelled. So don’t get your hopes up!

Dean Lapp’s deanship will be short, but I am sure it will be memorable. After a day on the job, he will have to resign to study for finals.

Please join me in welcoming our new dean!

Nell Jessup Newton
Dean Emerita