Peter B. Rutledge

Dean at University of Georgia - School of Law

Peter B. Rutledge

Peter B. Rutledge

Dean at University of Georgia - School of Law

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Peter B. "Bo" Rutledge, the holder of the Herman E. Talmadge Chair of Law, became dean of the University of Georgia School of Law on January 1, 2015.

As dean, Rutledge has worked to steer the law school to be one of the best returns on investment in legal education in the country. Since 2015, the law school has set fundraising records – both for overall giving and annual giving – during the Commit to Georgia Campaign, which has raised over $37 million for the law school since its inception. Much of this support has gone to student financial aid which, coupled with a near-complete tuition freeze, has dramatically reduced aggregate student indebtedness and per-student indebtedness. Coupled with strong national employment statistics and ultimate bar passage rates, this strategy has been recognized in a variety of media.

To fulfill this vision, the law school has pursued a five-part strategy. Embodied in the motto “Prepare. Connect. Lead.” this strategy includes:

* World-Class Ideas: The law school has hired several new faculty members, both entry-level and lateral, as part of its mission to produce world-class scholarship in support of the university’s efforts to expand its research mission. It has built an external grants program, which recently secured a major award from the U.S. Department of Justice, and it has undertaken an overhaul of promotion and tenure standards to help strengthen the research enterprise.
* First-Rate Legal Training: The law school offers 17 different clinical and experiential programs. Through public/private partnerships, this includes two new clinics – the Wilbanks CEASE Clinic, the first of its kind in the nation and dedicated to representing survivors of child sexual abuse, and the Veterans Legal Clinic, dedicated to assisting veterans in benefits claims against the Veterans Administration. It also secured a seven-figure gift to support the work of its Family Justice Clinic, which assists survivors of domestic abuse. The school has also undertaken an overhaul of the first-year curriculum and the legal writing curriculum to ensure students graduate with the skills demanded in today’s legal marketplace.
* Service to State and Society: The law school established a privately supported Jurist in Residence program, increased financial support for public service fellowships by more than 50 percent in two years and consistently ranks among the nation’s top law schools for clerkship placements.
* A Good Value: While holding the line on tuition, the school has created over two dozen new endowed and non-endowed named scholarships. Supportive of a broader university effort to create compressed dual degrees, the school has developed a variety of innovative programs designed around affordability, including a 3-year J.D./M.B.A., a 3-year J.D./M.Acc. and a 3+3 program for UGA undergraduates.
* Authentic Support: The law school established a unique mentoring program, matching each incoming student with a four-person mentorship team, including a faculty mentor, a peer mentor, a career advisor and an alumni/alumnae or professional mentor with whom the student has been matched based upon some common background or interest.

Prior to his appointment as dean, Rutledge served as the associate dean for faculty development working closely with the law school's faculty, especially its untenured professors, to expand and promote scholarly and research activities.

He is the author of the book Arbitration and the Constitution and co-author with Gary Born of the book International Civil Litigation in United States Courts. His works have been published by the Yale University Press, the Oxford University Press and the Cambridge University Press, and his articles have appeared in a diverse array of journals such as The University of Chicago Law Review, the Vanderbilt Law Review and the Journal of International Arbitration. He also regularly advises parties on matters of international dispute resolution (litigation and arbitration).

In 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court appointed Rutledge to brief and argue the case of Irizarry v. United States as amicus curiae in defense of the judgment below. He subsequently won the case, joining the ranks of a select few advocates who have successfully defended a judgment below when the government refused to do so. Notably, he has served as a judicial clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Clarence Thomas and at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit for Chief Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III.

Given his interest in international dispute resolution, Rutledge has taught and spoken at numerous foreign universities. In 2010-11, he was a Fulbright Professor at the Institut für Zivilverfahrensrecht at the University of Vienna Law School. Foreign universities where Rutledge has been invited to speak include: Oxford University, Cambridge University, the University of Mainz, Jagiellonian University, Stockholm University and the University of Oslo.

An accomplished teacher, he has received several teaching awards, including most recently the 2016 John C. O'Byrne Memorial Award for Contributions Furthering Student-Faculty Relations.

In addition to his academic and legal work, Rutledge remains active in professional circles. He has advised parties on matters of international dispute resolution and has served as an expert in both litigation and arbitration. He is a listed arbitrator with several international organizations. He has testified on several occasions before Congress on pending arbitration legislation, has regularly spoken to broadcast and print media, and has given speeches to a range of professional audiences on matters such as international dispute resolution, arbitration and the Supreme Court.

Before entering the teaching academy, Rutledge practiced at Wilmer Cutler & Pickering (now Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr), where his practice included international dispute resolution and Supreme Court matters, and at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where his practice concentrated on international arbitration.

He holds a B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard University, an M.Litt. in Applied Ethics from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) and a J.D. with high honors from the University of Chicago, where he served as executive editor of The University of Chicago Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.

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The University of Georgia School of Law (also referred to as Georgia Law) is a graduate school of the University of Georgia. Founded in 1859 and located in Athens, Georgia.

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