By Aviva Okeson-Haberman, 23News Interactive Director

Gary Myers announced his resignation in an email to law school faculty, staff and students on May 27. Myers will step down from his position August 14. Senior Associate Provost and Associate Professor Emeritus of Law Kenneth Dean will serve as the interim dean while a search is conducted for a permanent dean.

Myers’s resignation comes a day after former Missouri state lawmaker Kevin Elmer filed a suit against Myers and other MU officials alleging they violated Sunshine Laws, according to reporting by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Myer indicated in his email to law school faculty, staff and students that his decision to resign was made after “a number of conversations with Provost Garnett Stokes” over the course of the past few months. He did not say in his email what sparked those conversations or why he made the decision to resign now.

Myers has served as the dean of the Law School for four years. Prior to that, Myers was the associate dean of research at the University of Mississippi.

Myers said in an interview with The Maneater when he began serving as dean of the Law School that he wanted to emphasize hands-on learning.

“I think that we should expand our skills training offerings to provide our students with more opportunities to learn skills they need in order to practice law. That will help to make our students even more practice-ready than they are now. Mizzou has always been known for its good work in training lawyers but I think we can build on that,” Myers said. 

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Garnett Stokes praised Myers’s accomplishments as dean in an email to the Faculty Council, deans, and chancellor’s and provost’s staffs.

“Under his leadership, the School of Law launched two clinics that are designed to help clients who are in need of legal assistance and created a new center that establishes the MU School of Law as a thought leader in specific areas of law and innovation,” Stokes said.

Myers helped create the Veterans Clinic and the Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic.

The Veterans Clinic gives students under the supervision of an attorney—the opportunity to help veterans secure disability benefits, according to the School of Law website.

The Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic was created last year to give students experience working with business clients, according to the School of Law website

Stokes also credited Myers with focusing on fundraising.

“Since he became dean, the School of Law has raised more than $10 million for the Mizzou: Our Time to Lead campaign. Because of the strong fundraising, Mizzou law students receive increased scholarship support, and they graduate with lower than average debt loads enabling them more freedom to select the best career path,” said Stokes.

“Dean Myers has done an excellent job at the law school, and his enthusiasm and innovative ideas will be sorely missed,” President of the Law School Foundation Rodney Loomer said in a statement.  

Myers will remain a faculty member at MU after he steps down as dean. He plans on working on two book projects and interdisciplinary initiatives.

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