For release: June 25, 2009
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David S. Romantz, a professor at the University of Memphis’ Cecil C. Humphreys School
of Law since 1998, has been named the school’s new Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
He succeeds Barbara Kritchevsky, who has been appointed to a newly-created position,
Director of Advocacy.
In announcing the appointment, Kevin Smith, dean of the law school, said, “David Romantz
brings considerable administrative skill and an understanding of legal education to
this position. He will be able to provide invaluable assistance to the school during
the period of transition from the current on-campus facilities to the former U.S.
Customs House downtown.”
Romantz received his B.A. degree from the University of Michigan. He graduated with
honors from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, where he taught from 1996 to
He has published articles in various law journals, and this year he co-authored the
second edition of Legal Analysis: The Fundamental Skill. He has presented at many
regional and national law conferences, including the Association of American Law Schools
and the Legal Writing Institute.
Romantz has served on the board of directors of the Community Legal Center in Memphis
and on the board of the Association of Legal Writing Directors.
At the U of M law school he was Director of Legal Methods from 1998 to 2009 and served
as faculty advisor to the Moot Court Board, the Jewish Law Students Association, and
the Student Bar Association. He chaired the law school’s Admissions, ad hoc Diversity,
and Faculty Recruitment committees, and he served on the University of Memphis’ Athletics
Committee and Promotion and Tenure Appeals Committee.
The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law was recently ranked fifth in the nation by preLaw
magazine as a best value law school, based on the combination of three criteria: low
tuition, the high percentage of graduates passing the Tennessee bar exam, and the
success of graduates in finding employment. The school is fully accredited by the
American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools,
the society for legal education in the United States. Graduates of the Cecil C. Humphreys
School of Law include judges, other public servants, and leading practitioners in
the Mid-South and throughout the nation. Beginning with the spring semester of 2010,
the school’s home will be the historic former U.S. Customs House in downtown Memphis,
near the city’s judicial and legal community