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Getting to know: Wendy Collins Perdue with the University of Richmond School of Law
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Getting to know: Wendy Collins Perdue with the University of Richmond School of Law

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Title: dean of the University of Richmond School of Law; president-elect of the Association of American Law Schools

Born: Sept. 19, 1953

Education: bachelor of arts, Wellesley College, 1975; Juris Doctor, Duke University School of Law, 1978

Career: law clerk to Judge Anthony M. Kennedy of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1978-79; associate, Hogan & Hartson, 1979-1982; vice chair, Montgomery County Planning Board, 1998-2007; Georgetown University Law Center, law professor, 1982-2011, and associate dean, 1998-2011; University of Richmond, law professor and dean of the School of Law, 2011-present

What part of the metro area do you live? Richmond’s Fan District

Best business decision: “Buying Apple stock at $11 per share.”

Worst business decision: “Not buying enough Apple stock at $11 per share.”

Mistake you learned the most from: “My biggest mistakes have usually come from failing to consult broadly enough on potentially controversial decisions.”

What is the biggest challenge/opportunity in the next two to five years: “Navigating the changes in the legal profession and the impact on legal education is a continuing challenge and top priority, both in my role as dean and as president of the Association of American Law Schools. As always, the goal and focus remain on providing the excellent education our students expect and our democratic society needs.”

First job after college: “In college: selling vacuum cleaners door to door; after college and law school: clerking for Judge (now Supreme Court Justice) Anthony Kennedy.”

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently: “I would have joined the Peace Corps between college and law school.”

Book that inspired you the most, and why? “Current favorite: ‘Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life’ by Winifred Gallagher, which argues that your life is quite literally the sum of what you choose to focus on.”

Favorite/least favorite subject in school: Favorite: philosophy; least favorite: statistics.

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