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Seattle University Selects New Dean to Lead Law School

February 17, 2022

Headshot of Anthony E. Varona. Text reads Anthony E. Varona Named Dean of School of Law. Seattle University logo at bottom.

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Former Miami Law Dean Anthony E. Varona brings strong legal background, leadership experience to position.

After a nationwide search, Seattle University has selected Professor Anthony “Tony” Varona as the new dean of Seattle University School of Law. He joins the law school—with an annual enrollment of more than 600 students and a strong emphasis on social justice—from the University of Miami School of Law, where he served as dean and as the M. Minnette Massey Chair in Law. Varona now holds the Massey Chair as a tenured professor and Dean Emeritus.

Varona, who officially begins on July 1, succeeds Annette E. Clark, ’89, who will step down at the end of June after a nine-year tenure as dean.

Born in Cuba and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Varona is the first in his family to graduate from college, having earned undergraduate and law degrees from Boston College and an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center.

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