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WINSTON-SALEM — Wake Forest University has hired its next law school leader from Georgetown University.

The university announced Wednesday that law professor Jane Aiken will be the next dean of the Wake Forest University School of Law.

Aiken has been the Blume Professor of Law at Georgetown Law since 2007. She also has served as vice dean for the law school and now leads the university's gender equity task force. At Georgetown, she started the Community Justice Project, which trains law students to be advocates for local residents.

Aiken previously taught law at Washington University in St. Louis, University of South Carolina and Arizona State University. She earned her law degree at New York University and holds a master of laws from Georgetown. Her scholarship focuses largely on evidence, legal education and women's rights.

In a statement, Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch praised Aiken's "leadership, vision and energy."

Aiken will replace Suzanne Reynolds, who will step down in June after five years as dean. Reynolds plans to return to the law school faculty.

Wake Forest's law school has about 500 students and 136 full- and part-time faculty members.

Contact John Newsom at (336) 373-7312 and follow @JohnNewsomNR on Twitter.​

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