Capital University President Denvy A. Bowman today announced that Professor Rachel Janutis will serve as the interim dean at the Law School beginning July 1, 2014, following Dean Richard Simpson’s retirement.
Professor Janutis was selected following careful consideration of several internal candidates by the Law School’s faculty and with the support of Capital’s Board of Trustees. She will be the first female dean of the Law School.
Professor Janutis has been a member of Capital's law faculty since 2002. She has served as the Law School’s associate dean for Academic Affairs since 2010. Previously, she served as the Law School’s director of Faculty Development. She has also served on several Law School and University committees. Professor Janutis is highly regarded by students, faculty and administration for her work as both a future-focused teacher and administrator.
Professor Janutis has been a visiting faculty member at the University of Illinois and the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. Before joining the academy, Professor Janutis worked as a litigation associate in the Chicago office of Winston & Strawn. She also served as a law clerk to the late Harlington Wood Jr., Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Professor Janutis teaches and researches in the areas of Civil Procedure, Remedies, Complex Litigation and Conflicts of Laws. She is the author of numerous articles. She is also the co-author of a textbook and several student guides on Remedies. In addition to administrative responsibilities as associate dean at Capital, Professor Janutis teaches Civil Procedure and Remedies. While in the classroom, she continues to develop ways to integrate skills training and experiential learning into traditional doctrinal teaching.
Located in the Columbus, Ohio, community of Bexley, Capital University is a private, four-year undergraduate institution and graduate school. Capital prepares students for meaningful lives and purposeful careers through a relevant liberal arts core curriculum and deep professional programs. Influenced by its Lutheran heritage, Capital places great emphasis on the free and open exchange of ideas, seeking out diverse perspectives, active participation in society, leadership and service. With a focus on rigor and experiential learning, the University capitalizes on its size, location, and heritage to develop the whole person, both inside and outside the classroom.