The University of Baltimore has selected five finalists in its search for a new law school dean.

The candidates are: Nicholas Allard, a political lawyer at Washington firm Patton Boggs; Penelope Bryan, the dean of Whittier Law School in California; Alfredo Garcia, a professor and former dean at St. Thomas University Law School in Miami; Patricia Salkin, a professor and associate dean at Albany Law School in New York; and Ronald Weich, an assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice.

The university is seeking a replacement for Philip Closius, who resigned last year because of a dispute with President Robert Bogomolny over the university's reliance on law school revenues to support other programs. Closius, who is popular with many alumni, remains on the law school faculty. The finalists will visit campus beginning March 26 to meet with students, faculty and staff.

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