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花季视频 Davis Names New School of Law Dean

Jessica Berg Served as Co-Dean at Case Western Reserve University

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花季视频 Davis School of Law has hired a new dean. (Courtesy photo)

University of California, Davis, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Mary Croughan announced today that  will be the next dean of the . Berg, who has served as one of two co-deans of the School of Law at Case Western Reserve University, or CWRU, for nearly 11 years, will start on Sept.  1. 

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Jessica Berg (Courtesy photo)

鈥淛essica is a warm and engaging leader with a breadth of experience that will add new facets of distinction to our outstanding School of Law,鈥 Croughan said. 鈥淗er transdisciplinary, open approach to teaching and scholarship beautifully fits our campus culture. I look forward to seeing all that she and our dedicated and talented faculty and staff will accomplish together.鈥

During Berg鈥檚 tenure as dean, the CWRU School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, launched a summer jumpstart program, a spring enrollment for juris doctorate, and three master鈥檚 degree programs. She implemented hiring and recruitment practices that increased diverse representation among students, staff and faculty. The school鈥檚 innovative programming boosted CWRU graduates鈥 bar pass rates, placing it among the top law schools in Ohio. 

鈥淲hile I initially hadn鈥檛 planned to consider another deanship right away, the opportunity at 花季视频 Davis was too exciting to ignore,鈥 Berg said. 鈥淭he School of Law and overall university鈥檚 commitment to serving first-generation students, to social justice, and to academic and scholarly excellence all attracted me to this position. I鈥檓 excited to work with the provost and other deans, the world-class faculty and talented staff, and to meet the students and alumni when I get there this fall.鈥 

While Berg was dean, CWRU School of Law set several fundraising records, bringing in the two largest charitable gifts in its history ($10 million and $4.5 million), and doubling the size of its endowment, placing it among the top 15% of law school endowments nationwide. At the same time, she played a key role in reducing the school鈥檚 deficit by more than $7 million through income growth and expense reduction and has great depth of knowledge and understanding of budget, finance, administration and human resources.

Over 25 years at CWRU, Berg held several roles, including associate director for the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy, associate director for the Law-Medicine Center, and health policy track coordinator for the Public Health Department. Prior to CWRU, Berg was the director of Academic Affairs for the Institute for Ethics, and the secretary for the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs at the American Medical Association in Chicago. She also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago Law School, Northwestern University Law School, and was a visiting professor at Michigan State University Medical School. Berg has a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctorate from Cornell University and a master鈥檚 in public health from CWRU鈥檚 School of Medicine. 

She replaces at 花季视频 Davis School of Law Dean Kevin Johnson, who has served as dean since 2008.

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  • Kelley Weiss, 花季视频 Davis School of Law, kweiss@ucdavis.edu
  • Karen Nikos-Rose, News and Media Relations, kmnikos@ucdavis.edu

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