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Karen L. “Kerry” Abrams has been appointed as the next dean of the School of Law at Duke University, effective July 1, 2018.

Abrams will succeed David F. Levi, who has served as dean of the law school since 2007.

Currently, Abrams serves as the vice provost of faculty affairs at the University of Virginia, a position she has held since 2014.

In a press release, Duke University Provost Sally Kornbluth expressed her confidence in Abrams, stating that “she understands our commitment to excellence in education, engagement and scholarship that crosses disciplinary boundaries. I look forward to welcoming Kerry and her husband Brandon Garrett to the Duke community.”

Abrams will be joined at Duke University by her spouse Brandon Garrett, who will be a professor of law.

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