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Columbia native named Dean of the University of Maryland School of Law

A Columbia native has been announced as the next Dean of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

The university announced in a press release Monday that Donald B. Tobin will succeed Phoebe Haddon as Dean of the Francis King Carey School of Law.

"Donald Tobin has the perfect blend of experience and skills to lead Carey Law," said Jay Perman, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore. "He has a record of leading through collaboration, a strong belief in social responsibility and public service, and a commitment to providing students practice ready skills and helping the achieve professional success."

Haddon, who has served as Dean since 2009, will return to university's faculty, according to the release.

"A great law school needs one thing: great people," Tobin said in a statement. "One of the things that drew me to Maryland Carey Law is that you that here - great students, great faculty, great staff and great alumni."

Tobin, a native of Columbia and graduate of Oakland Mills High School, comes to the Francis King Carey School of Law from Ohio State University where he was the John C. Elam/Vorys Sater Professor of Law at the Michael E. Moritz College of Law. During his 13 years there, he held numerous academic appointments that include: Founding Co-Director of the Program on Law and Leadership, Associate Dean for Faculty, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, according to the release.

Tobin's scholarly work has earned him national recognition as a leading expert on the intersection of tax and campaign finance laws. His publications include law texts on federal income taxation and tax ethics, along with articles on campaign finance disclosure and taxation of political organizations, according to the release.

In a statement, Tobin said the university must build on its strengths and continue its efforts to create new and innovative programs that serve students and the school community.

"Maryland is a state with great growth and great innovation. The health law program, environmental law program, and the dispute resolution, and public health and homeland security centers build on tremendous strengths here at UM Carey Law," Tobin said. "The Women, Leadership and Equality Program helps train the next generation of leaders. And the business law and intellectual property law programs build on the incredible opportunities that Maryland's technology and business sectors provide."

Tobin received his J.D. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and served as a legislative aide for U.S. Sen. Paul Sarbanes. He was a staff member of the Senate Committee on the Budget, specializing in tax and budget issues and also served as an appellate staff attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division.

Tobin is a member of the Maryland Bar, as well as the bars of the Maryland Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court for Maryland, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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