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Chief Justice Jensen to co-chair law dean search

News Release

Chief Justice Jon Jensen and Amy Henley, dean of the UND Nistler College of Business & Public Administration, will co-chair a national search for the next UND School of Law dean. 

The announcement was made Oct. 5 by Eric Link, UND provost and vice president for academic affairs. He expects to name the new dean by July 1, 2022.

Since July 2019, the deanship has been held by Michael McGinniss, who announced in May that he intended to return to his role as a full-time faculty member at the law school.

“I am grateful for the leadership of Chief Justice Jon Jensen and Dean Amy Henley, who will provide invaluable experience and perspectives to this important process,” Link said. “It is a strong committee that was compiled with input from UND School of Law faculty, staff and students. The committee charge will help ensure stakeholder groups will have the opportunity to provide feedback, and I look forward to working with everyone involved as we select the next leader of North Dakota’s law school.”

UND School of Law Dean Search Committee

The search committee will be assisted by Anthem Executive Search Firm.

The members of the search committee are:

  • Dean Amy Henley, committee co-chair
  • Chief Justice Jon Jensen, committee co-Chair
  • Nikola Datzov, assistant professor of law
  • Ariana Meyers, assistant professor of law
  • Alexandra Sickler, professor of law
  • Pam Shea, director of student life, School of Law
  • Julie Simon, director of finance & administration, School of Law
  • Judge Johnathan Judd, district judge, 7th Minnesota Judicial District
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Puhl, District of North Dakota
  • Lu Jiang, pro bono manager, Legal Counsel for Youth and Children
  • Mike Mannausau, vice president of development, UND Alumni Association and Foundation
  • Zachary Tomczik, student representative, School of Law

About Chief Justice Jon Jensen:

Jensen, a Grand Forks native, was appointed to the North Dakota Supreme Court by Gov. Doug Burgum in 2017 and elected to a full 10-year term in 2020. Elected Chief Justice in 2019, he holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a juris doctorate from the UND School of Law. Jensen worked in private practice in Grand Forks from 1991 to 2013, when he was appointed to be district judge for the Northeast Central Judicial District, a position he held until being named to the North Dakota Supreme Court.

About Dean Amy Henley:

Amy Henley joined UND in 2018 as the dean and professor of management at the UND Nistler College of Business & Public Administration. She holds a doctorate in organizational behavior and psychology from the University of Texas in Arlington. She previously served as executive director of MBA programs at Kennesaw State University, and taught management at the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Texas at Arlington before moving to Kennesaw State. Her research interests include distributive and procedural justice, compensation and pay fairness, and intragroup processes.

About the UND School of Law:

Founded in 1899, the School of Law was the first professional school to begin operation within the University of North Dakota, and has been continuously accredited since its initial approval in 1923. The School was granted membership in the Association of American Law Schools in 1911.

As the only law school in North Dakota, UND Law has a valued tradition of educating many of the state's leaders and justices, including members of the North Dakota Supreme Court. Nearly three quarters of the attorneys licensed to practice in North Dakota are alumni.

Our graduates are successful in a variety of professions and industries in North Dakota and the Midwest, in Canada, and on both coasts, including fields such as energy, aerospace, and real estate development.  They engage in law practice in private firms, in-house with corporations, and in a wide range of government roles.

The School of Law offers students a "best value" legal education within a personalized setting, emphasizing a practice-ready application of the law.