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W. Jeremy Davis, the dean of the University of North Dakota School of Law, has announced his intention to resign.

In a memorandum dated July 19, 2002, Davis informed members of the law school student body that he was accepting the post of dean of the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia, effective January 1, 2003.

Appalachian School of Law became a focus of national attention in January 2002 when a former student shot and killed Dean Tony Sutin, Associate Professor Tom Blackwell, and first-year law student Angela Dales.

Davis has been on the faculty of UND's law school since 1971. He was an assistant professor from 1971-73, an associate professor from 1973-83, associate dean from 1981-83, and has been dean and a full professor since 1983.

Here is the text of Davis' resignation memorandum:

To: Members of the law school student body
From: W. Jeremy Davis, Dean
Date: July 19, 2002
Subject: Resignation

I have this date informed VP Ettling of my intention to resign from my position at the School of Law to assume a similar one at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia effective January 1, 2003. I write this with a great deal of sadness as my association with the School of Law and UND has been one of great personal and professional satisfaction. I know that I will miss my colleagues and friends here, as well as our wonderful students.

This has been a difficult decision for Jackie and me to make. We wish each of you and the School of Law well.

I will remain in my present position until December 31, 2002. Early Fall Semester a search committee will be formed to recruit your new dean.

July 23, 2002

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