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Prof. White to serve as Associate Dean at JAG

November 29, 2006

Wayne State University Law School would like to congratulate Professor Katherine E. White on her selection as the reserve Associate Dean of the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, VA. 

Since joining the Law School’s faculty in 1996, Professor White has taught courses in Patent Law, Patent Enforcement, and Contracts.  She is a registered patent attorney.

After receiving her J.D. degree from the University of Washington, Katherine White served on active duty in the Honor’s Program of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps as the Corps of Engineers’ Intellectual Property Counsel.  She had received her B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University.  When she completed her active military service, White clerked for the Honorable Randall R. Rader, Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  She is also a Major (P) in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Professor White’s previous appointment with the JAG School had her attached to the Contract and Fiscal Law Department, where she taught courses in government contracting and alternative dispute resolution.  Her new appointment at the School elevates her rank to Lieutenant Colonel.

In addition to her military appointments, Professor White was a Fulbright Scholar for 1999-2000 at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich, Germany.  She is currently the Vice President of the Fulbright Association.   From 2001-2002 she served as the White House Fellow assigned to the Secretary of Agriculture; her work was in intellectual property and international trade issues surrounding agriculture and biotechnology, as well as homeland security matters.  In 2004 Professor White was appointed to serve on the USDA’s Plant Variety Protection Office Advisory Board.  She was re-appointed to the Board this year for a second two-year term.

Since 1998 Professor White has served on the Board of Regents for the University of Michigan.  She was re-elected to the Board last month for a term that will expire in 2014.

The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School is authorized by Congress to award a Master of Law’s degree and has full ABA accreditation.  The School began during World War II, was briefly disbanded, and was reestablished at the University of Virginia in 1951.  General George Washington established the JAG Corps in 1775; it is considered the oldest law firm in the United States.

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