The First Woman Dean of the Washington and Lee University School of Law

Nora V. Demleitner was named as the next dean of the Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia. She will take on the new role in July 2012. Demleitner will also hold the Roy L. Steinheimer Jr. Professorship of Law. She will be the first woman to hold the position as dean of the law school in its 145-year history.

Currently Demleitner is dean and professor at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University in New York. She has been on the faculty at Hofstra since 2001 and was named the school’s first woman dean in January 2008. She previously taught at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas.

A native of Germany, Dean Demleitner is a graduate of Bates College in Maine. She earned her law degree at Yale University. She also holds a master’s degree in law from the Georgetown University Law Center. At one time, she was a clerk for Samuel Alito, now a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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  1. Doyle Bullock says:

    I served in Germany in the U.S Army. I was stationed in Schwabach. I remember Ms. Demleitner. We were friends in a German American club called kontact. She was in her last year or so of school. Thanks to her and others in the club, my experience in Germany was so much richer. I am glad she realized her dreams and goals. I think of her and the club members often. I wish her all the best….Doyle Bullock
    P.S. I would love to get an email from her just to say hello. So Nora if you see this, email me at

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