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College of Law selects new associate dean of admissions

July 20, 2012

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law has selected Forrest Stanford, J.D., associate dean of admissions at Charlotte School of Law, as the new associate dean of admissions and financial aid. Stanford will begin work at Loyola on Aug. 1.

Stanford succeeds Michele Allison-Davis, who has served as assistant dean of admissions for the College of Law since 1990. A graduate of the University of Minnesota and William Mitchell College of Law, Stanford has worked at Charlotte School of Law since 2009 and brings to Loyola vast experience in law school admissions, financial aid and administration.

He served as associate director of admissions and financial aid at William Mitchell College of Law from 1992-96, assistant dean of admissions and financial aid at Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, from 1996-99, associate dean of administration, admissions and multicultural affairs at University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, from 1999-09. At Denver, Stanford oversaw a 41-place rise in U.S. News and World Report rankings, improvement of the school’s median LSAT from 151 to 159 and significant strengthening of the law school’s diversity profile.

“I am very excited that Forrest has chosen to join the College of Law. His experience and background at previous law schools, especially in Denver, has shown he has the ability to put the school on a path towards not only maintaining the high standards of our student body that have already been established, but also the skills to build innovative practices to increase our profile amongst our peers,” said María Pabón López, J.D., dean of the College of Law.

Stanford echoed Lopez’ sentiments. “My hope is to maintain the current academic perameters and eventually work on improving them and to increase diversity enrollment by working to establish communities that diverse students will find supportive and rewarding in their law school careers and beyond,” Stanford said.

A member of the Cherokee Indian Tribe, Stanford has been active in Native American legal affairs throughout his career. He has served as chair of the Civil Rights Division of the National Native American Bar Association, as a commissioner of the Colorado Commission for Indian Affairs and the Colorado Indian Education Committee, and has twice received the Indian Education Achievement Award from the governor of Minnesota.

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