Richard Joins Law School as Head of Admissions

July 15, 2011

Anne M. Richard has joined the Law School as senior assistant dean for admissions.

Anne Richard has more than 14 years of experience in law school admissions.

Richard, who has more than 14 years of experience in law school admissions, most recently was associate dean for admissions and financial aid at the George Washington University Law School, and before that served as associate dean for admissions at the George Mason University School of Law.

"Anne has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most effective and knowledgeable admissions deans in American legal education," Law School Dean Paul G. Mahoney said. I am confident she will build on Jason Trujillo's great success as Jason moves into a new role as a development officer at the Law School Foundation."

Richard, a Gardner, Mass., native and a graduate of Yale Law School, received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics from Boston College. After law school she worked in private practice as an associate and later partner in a large firm in Northern Virginia, focusing on commercial litigation and bankruptcy.

She left private practice to join the Department of Justice as an assistant counsel in the Office of Professional Responsibility, where she investigated allegations of misconduct by DOJ attorneys. She later joined the Civil Division's commercial litigation branch and represented the United States in contracts cases.

Richard joined George Mason in 1997 and George Washington in 2006. She said she was proud of advancing the reputations of both schools, which have risen in national rankings in recent years.

"More than anything, I enjoy the interaction with the students — feeling that I can play at least a small role in helping people shape their legal careers," she said.

She praised the efforts of her predecessor and his team.

"Jason Trujillo and his staff created an incredible system. The members of the admissions office are talented, hard-working individuals who are truly committed to providing the highest level of service to applicants and students," she said. The office runs like a well-oiled machine. I am excited about being part of this enterprise and doing what I can to continue to recruit the most outstanding students to UVA Law."

Virginia has weathered a national drop in law school applications well, she said.

"The pool has stayed strong and the acceptance rate has stayed low," she said. "But it's important to keep waving the flag and spreading the word about UVA."

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