UM Names New Law Dean; Kluger Breaks Up With Peretz

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DBR reports:

Patricia White, a visiting taxation professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and former law school dean at Arizona State University, has been chosen as the new dean at the University of Miami School of Law.
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The position was offered after interviews with a search committee and UM president Donna Shalala.

Does anyone know her? Congrats!

In other news, I took the Beatles break up hard, don’t even get me started on Shields and Yarnell, and now I see more going on at Kluger & Associates, or whatever it is now named:

Kluger Peretz Kaplan & Berlin is set to become a 24-attorney litigation boutique of Kluger Kaplan as name partners Howard Berlin and Steven Peretz go their separate ways after 22 years.
shim-7840129Alan Kluger, a founder of Kluger Peretz, confirmed Peretz is taking members Michael Chesal and Leora Herrmann and launching their own intellectual property firm. Bankruptcy partner Howard Berlin has joined Berger Singerman’s Miami office along with former Kluger Peretz bankruptcy member Deborah Talenfeld.

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Name partner Abbey Kaplan is remaining with the firm.

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Kluger declined to say when the firm would officially change its name.

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The changes take place in the wake of the departures of six transactional attorneys the DBR reported last week. Kluger said the firm is striving for a more narrow focus on litigation and bankruptcy litigation.

That’s one way to do it. You know, you can get an even more narrow focus by simply having less attorneys working at the firm.

Just saying!