Interim Dean, Levin College of Law

Published: April 26th, 2023

Category: Memos

Joseph Glover, Provost and Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs

I am pleased to announce that Merritt McAlister, associate professor of law, has accepted the position of Interim Dean of the Levin College of Law, effective June 1, 2023.

Professor McAlister teaches and writes in the areas of federal courts, judicial decision-making, constitutional law, and court administration. Her scholarship focuses on issues of institutional design at the federal appellate courts. Professor McAlister’s award-winning work has been published in or is forthcoming in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, and the Northwestern University Law Review, among others.

Prior to joining the University of Florida law faculty in 2018, Professor McAlister was a partner in the national appellate practice group of King & Spalding. While in private practice, she was elected to the American Law Institute, named a Georgia Super Lawyer, and recognized for her pro bono work on civil rights issues.

Professor McAlister clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens of the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge R. Lanier Anderson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She received her bachelor’s degree in English and Women and Gender Studies, magna cum laude, from Rice University and her law degree summa cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law, where she served as Executive Articles Editor of the Georgia Law Review.

Professor McAlister steps in as law Dean Laura Rosenbury departs to become president of Barnard College. A national search for her successor will begin soon.

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