Newswise — Jay A. Perman, MD, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) has named Donald B. Tobin, JD, dean of the Francis King Carey School of Law. Tobin succeeds Phoebe Haddon, JD, LLM, who will return to UM Carey Law’s faculty.
“Donald Tobin has the perfect blend of experience and skills to lead Carey Law,” says Perman. “He has a record of leading through collaboration, a strong belief in social responsibility and public service, and a commitment to providing students practice ready skills and helping them achieve professional success.”
“A great law school needs one thing: great people,” says Tobin. “One of the things that drew me to Maryland Carey Law is that you have that here – great students, great faculty, great staff and great alumni.”
Tobin comes to UMB from Ohio State University where he was the John C. Elam/Vorys Sater Professor of Law at the Michael E. Moritz College of Law. During his 13 years at the Moritz College of Law, Tobin held numerous academic appointments that include: Founding Co-Director of the Program on Law and Leadership, Associate Dean for Faculty, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Professor Tobin’s' scholarly work has earned him national recognition as a leading expert on the intersection of tax and campaign finance laws. His publications include law texts on federal income taxation and tax ethics, along with articles on campaign finance disclosure and taxation of political organizations.
“We must build on our strengths and continue our efforts to create new and innovative programs that serve our students and our community,” says Tobin. “Maryland is a state with great growth and great innovation. The health law program, environmental law program, and the dispute resolution, and public health and homeland security centers build on tremendous strengths here at UM Carey Law. The Women, Leadership & Equality Program helps train the next generation of leaders. And the business law and intellectual property law programs build on the incredible opportunities that Maryland’s technology and business sectors provide.”
In addition, Tobin says, “UM Carey Law is a national leader in providing experiential learning opportunities for students, and students at UM Carey Law are making a difference in the community.”
Tobin has strong Maryland ties. A native of Columbia, Md., and a graduate of Oakland Mills High School, Tobin received his JD degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. He served as a legislative aide for U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.), and was a staff member of the Senate Committee on the Budget specializing in tax and budget issues. He also served as an appellate staff attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division. Tobin is a member of the Maryland Bar, as well as the bars of the Maryland Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court for Maryland, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
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