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Former AG Gonzales To Be Belmont Law College Dean

Former AG Gonzales To Be Belmont Law College Dean

CREATED Apr 3, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/NewsChannel 5) - Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has been named dean of Belmont University's College of Law.

Gonzales joined the school in 2012 as the first Doyle Rogers Distinguished Chair of Law.

According to a news release from the school, he has taught courses at Belmont in constitutional law, separation of powers, national security law and First Amendment law. Since coming to Nashville, Gonzales also has worked for the law firm of Waller, Lansden, Dortch and Davis. He plans to resign that position to focus full-time on the College of Law, where he will be responsible for the college's finances, administration, and planning and development.

"I am honored by this opportunity and grateful for the support of President Fisher and Dr. Burns. I look forward to working with the outstanding faculty, staff and students at Belmont College of Law," Gonzales said in a statement.

Gonzales' appointment is effective June 1. He replaces founding Dean Jeff Kinsler, who has decided to become a full-time faculty member.

The first class from Belmont College of Law will graduate on May 10.

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