This Article stems from the author’s experience chairing multiple dean searches and research interest in the existence, genesis, and effects of implicit bias. Part II of this Article will review the role of a law school dean, with special consideration of the ways the Great Recession and its outcomes transformed the role of the dean. Part III will describe the typical dean search process and evaluate decanal diversity statistics to determine which candidates are selected for these powerful roles in today’s law schools. Part IV will introduce the concept of implicit bias, specifically focusing on ingroup favoritism. This part will also analyze the ways implicit bias can manifest itself in the dean search process, focusing on racial, gender, socioeconomic, and sexual orientation biases. Finally, Part V will suggest recommendations to minimize the operation and impact of implicit bias on the part of dean search committees, and will offer creative ways to improve the traditional dean search process.
49 Seton Hall L. Rev. 629 (2019).