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Duquesne law school associate dean steps down

| Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, 12:00 p.m.

Vanessa Browne-Barbour has stepped down as associate dean of Duquesne University's law school because "the dean's firing was an injustice," she said Friday. "I was asked to stay, but I can't continue as a matter of conscience."

Browne-Barbour, who had been associate dean since 2005, announced her decision on Thursday.

The move occurs about a month after university President Charles J. Dougherty fired law school dean Donald J. Guter. Dougherty named Ken Gormley as interim dean, prompting protests by law school students and faculty members.

Guter had served as dean since 2005 and remains a tenured faculty member.

Gormley said he would choose Browne-Barbour's replacement. Browne-Barbour said she would "make myself available for a smooth transition, so there's no adverse impact on the students, the school or its faculty."

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