UL Law School Dean Resigns

Cllr. Negbalee Warner

Counselor T. Negbalee Warner, Dean of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, has resigned his post effective August 31, 2019, UL President Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks has revealed.

According to Dr. Weeks, Cllr. Warner, who is also an Associate Professor of Law, will actively remain on the teaching faculty until his resignation takes effect at the end of the current academic semester by August, 2019.

Although no reason up to press time last night for his resignation, Dr. Weeks has thanked Cllr. Warner for his “dynamic and progressive deanship at the Law School,” praising him for the many changes he put in place at the school, including the improvement of the academic profile; recommending policies to improve academic standards, as well as instituting process, and procedures to elevate efficiency and stamp-out malfeasance during his three-year tenure.

“I am saddened by Warner’s decision, yet understood his position, and so I remain very grateful for the pathway he has set for his successor.”

The UL administration appointed Cllr. Warner as dean of the Law School on July 1, 2016, replacing the late Cllr. David A.B. Jallah.

Warner is an LLB graduate of the Louis Arthur School of Law, and an LLM graduate of Cornell University School of Law, USA.

He is a member of the Liberian National Bar Association; the New York Bar Association; and member of the Board of Examiners of the Supreme Court Bar.

Until his appointment at the Law School, Cllr. Warner has then joined ClientEarth’s as In-Country Associate for Liberia through his law firm Heritage Partners and Associates in January 2016. He now leads the team of Associates supporting ClientEarth’s work in Liberia.

Cllr. Warner is a member of the Liberian National bar and the New York bar association, is a founding member/incorporator of the Association of Environmental Lawyers (Green Advocates). Besides consulting extensively for the World Bank Group and a number of UN agencies, Cllr. Warner was the Head of the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI) from 2008-2010.

He also teaches at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law. He holds a B.Sc. (Honors) from the University of Liberia, an  LLB (Honors) from Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia and an LLM from Cornell Law School, New York.


  1. Thank you for your service. Now Weeks can get someone she can control. Thanks Cllr. Warner for never sacrificing your principles. We are now going to see second rate people attending the Law School just how Weeks want it to be.

  2. A good friend and department-mate from U.L.undergraduate program just quit from working for his former school; I regret this action, I would had hoped he stays to correct those perceived ills in our school, especially, where there are over-bearing “Professors” who think they know it all and will not want to make progress in their teaching methodologies. Hoped others with the spines will rise-up to take -up the mantle. This school often fall prey to top politicians in our society, all of them wants to attend the Law school, even if they do not merit being a student there, They just want to enter and graduate by any means and then called themselves “Lawyer”, even if they do not know the difference between the statute laws and constitution laws. This is Liberia, where those who worked hard get nothing and those who played tricks get all recognition. Thanks.

    • He quite because the UL president wants to lower the standard of the LAw School. She thought the Dean would lower himself but she did not count on the fact that this is a principled, EDUCATED and intelligent young man who got the job on his merit , not like her who was given the job by Ellen because of her last name. She will now find somebody to jump when she says jump.

  3. Another of those socio-politico indulgences that demonstrate our total indifference to change, or that our principles and integrities are subservient to the dictates of the hands that feed us. How in hell, for example, could a university faculty senate comprising the cream of academics in the country, acquiesce to an intrusive authoritarian decision of the university president so sheepishly? And I’m not talking about the decision of the dean to resign, and though the crux of the matter, but the object of the resignation. In other words, what prompted the dean to resign? Why would the Faculty Senate allow the president of the university to reverse the decision of the dean of a college, something purely academic without a fuss or fight? That abhorrent conduct of Judas Iscariot against Jesus Christ for “thirty pieces of silver,” must indeed still be personified in some people even today. Yet, Judas Iscariot is portrayed in Christian circles as a sellout? I guess some of the reasons we go to church every Sunday and seemingly for nothing, since no lessons learnt!

  4. All of the Weeks were given jobs by Ellen so none of them know the word transparent or integrity. President Weeks could not address the UL Alumni Association in Maryland without looking at a laptop. She did not graduate from UL but was a product of Liberia largesse. This woman thought Warner would jump when she wanted to reinstate these substandard law students. She does not know standards. it is only a matter of time before President Weah fires her. Ellen will not save her. She has done nothing for UL, so so big talk. She is dancing the tune but her time coming. Congratulations Warner, Liberians are proud of you.


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