Yale University President Richard Levin announced that Robert Post Law ’77 will assume the position of Law School Dean, as of July 1. “Dean Post is a very fine scholar and leader in constitutional law, and in an area that is attracting a lot of attention right now,” Levin said in an interview Monday. “His colleagues respect him as a wise and thoughtful member of the faculty who has a really very serious commitment to maintaining the academic excellence of the Law School.”
Post will succeed Harold Hongju Koh, who is currently being considered for the position of legal adviser to the Department of State.
Post describes his appointment as “overwhelming” and “humbling.” “It’s a sense of adventure and excitement all rolled into one,” he said. “I had always avoided taking on a job like this, but when it comes to this institution that I love so much which has the values that I prize, I thought, that’s an offer I cannot refuse.”
Post benefits from widespread support among fellow faculty members, students, and alumni. “Anyone coming to such a position today, in this economy, with its challenges, faces an unusual array of challenges,” said Anthony Kronman GRD ’72 LAW ’75, a law professor who served as dean of the Law School from 1994 to 2004. “Robert is completely up to it.”