Counselor T. Negbalee Warner, an Assistant Professor of Law at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, with more than 15 years of law practice experience in the country, has been appointed Dean of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia.
Counselor Warner is replacing Counselor David A.B. Jallah who has been promoted to the position of University Counsel, heading the UL’s Legal Unit of lawyers and paralegal personnel. Counselor Warner’s appointment took effect on Friday, July 1.
At a well-attended turning over ceremony in the Conference Room of the Law School, Counselor Warner told the gathering which included the Chief Judge of the Commercial Court, Eva Mappy Morgan, the University administration and the leadership of the law school student body, that he was both humbled and challenged by his preferment.
He acknowledged the presence of several faculty members who he said taught him in law school including outgoing Dean Jallah who wrote recommendations on his behalf as he (Warner) sought advanced studies.
“And in that respect, I see myself reaching out to everyone to see how we can build on three pillars that should be carrying us toward two key objects that I see,” Counselor Warner added.
Outgoing Dean Jallah said he was glad that one of the products of the law school was taking over from him. “I have always told my faculty—and they will attest to that, even Negbalee—‘I am developing a faculty that if I walk away today, any one of you can replace me.’”
As Dean, according to Counselor Warner’ letter of appointment, Negbalee will serve as the administrative supervisor with direct responsibilities for academics and the operation of the law school; and he must develop and transform the school’s curriculum to meet local and regional demands as necessary, while maintaining international academic standards, values and excellence.
Faculty development has been designated as another focus area that must claim the new Dean’s attention, and this should take him by no surprise, because since the ascendancy of President Emmett Dennis, the University’s academic profile has been strengthened in several decanal (relating to a dean) units, including the law school, where more than 22 Law faculty between 2009-15 were sent abroad and returned with advanced degrees.
Counselor Warner is a member of the Liberian National Bar Association, the New York Bar Association, Board of Examiner of the Supreme Court Bar, Republic of Liberia, among others. He graduated from the University of Liberia Law School in 2009.