Popular blogger and scholar tapped as Pepperdine law dean; he plans to keep blogging

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Paul Caron. Photo courtesy of Pepperdine School of Law.

Paul L. Caron, a professor at Pepperdine School of Law, has been selected as its new dean. The tax law scholar also blogs at TaxProf Blog, and owns and publishes the Law Professor Blogs Network.

Besides tax matters, the Tax Prof Blog also has many posts on various challenges in legal education. In 2016, National Jurist named Caron the third most influential person in legal education.

“He has a comprehensive knowledge of legal education in our country and a compelling vision for the place of our law school in that landscape,” Pepperdine provost Rick R. Marrs said in a statement. “I eagerly anticipate working with him as he helps us achieve our goal to move the law school toward national prominence, providing our students with the highest educational experience and empowering them to become leaders in their communities.”

Caron has not shied away from posting about controversial topics in legal education, including bar passage rates in California and elsewhere. When asked if he plans to continue blogging as dean, Caron said yes.

“I plan to keep TaxProf Blog a vital hub for tax and legal education news by bringing aboard a number of other law professors and deans to blog in each of these areas, like the Volokh Conspiracy,” he told the ABA Journal.

Currently, Caron also serves as the law school’s associate dean for research and faculty development. Caron, a Cornell Law School graduate, came to Pepperdine in 2010 from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.




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