Johanna Kalb named dean of the University of Idaho College of Law


Johanna Kalb has been named the next dean of the University of Idaho College of Law. She will begin in May.

Kalb replaces Jerrold “Jerry” Long, who will return to his faculty position at the law school after serving two-plus years as dean. Kalb was one of four finalists for the position, beating out UI law professor Brian Kane, University of Kansas law professor Lumen Mulligan and University of Toledo law professor Geoffrey Rapp.

The candidates took part in virtual open forums in December.

“Professor Kalb’s background and expertise will benefit the college of law as we continue to grow our two locations, Moscow and Boise, and train the high-quality professionals the university is known for,” said Torrey Lawrence, UI provost and executive vice president.

Kalb serves as the associate dean of administration and special initiatives at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. She has a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a Juris Doctorate from Yale.

“The College of Law has a long and proud history of training the legal leadership of Idaho,” Kalb said. “I look forward to working with the Vandal community at this exciting time to chart our future path.”

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