Associate Dean Christopher J. (C.J.) Peters has been selected as the next dean of the University of Akron School of Law. The Ohio university announced in a news release Wednesday that its board of trustees had approved the appointment and that Peters would begin his new job on June 15, 2017.
University of Akron President Matthew J. Wilson said in the release that Peters had the background and vision to be an exemplary leader of the Akron law school.
Peters said he was eager to capitalize on Akron’s strengths to solidify its reputation as one of the best law schools in Ohio and as a top-100 law school nationally.
Peters graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was associate editor of the Michigan Law Review in his final year. He earned his B.A. summa cum laude in history from Amherst College.
A professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law since 2009, Peters was appointed associate dean for faculty scholarship in 2015.
Before joining UB’s faculty, Peters taught for two years as a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School and for 12 years at Wayne State University in Detroit. He also taught as a visitor at the law schools of the University of Michigan, Loyola Los Angeles and the University of Toledo. At Wayne State, Peters received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Donald H. Gordon Award for Teaching Excellence and three Teacher of the Year awards.
Peters has been published widely. He is the author of A Matter of Dispute: Morality, Democracy, and Law (Oxford University Press, 2011) and has edited, written or co-written several other works. His writings have been published in law reviews at schools including Harvard, Columbia, Yale, UCLA, Oklahoma, BYU and Northwestern.
Peters has established the Judge Donald T. Anderson Endowed Scholarship for the benefit of Akron law students and in honor of his late grandfather, a longtime Michigan trial judge. Peters said he hoped its recipients would be inspired, as he has been, by Judge Anderson’s lifelong dedication to public service and concern for the practical impact of the law, particularly on society’s most vulnerable members.
Congratulations, C.J. — we will miss you!