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Duquesne Names Navy Rear Admiral Donald J. Guter New Law Dean

Duquesne University President Charles Dougherty today named Rear Admiral Donald J. Guter, Judge Advocate General Corps, U.S. Navy (Ret.), dean of the School of Law. Guter is a 1977 alumnus of the law school and a member of the Duquesne University Law Alumni Association.

"Admiral Guter is a distinguished, proven leader whose extensive legal and administrative expertise has influenced policy on a national level," said Dougherty. "The breadth and diversity of his experience in issue analysis and research, as well as policy implementation will strengthen Duquesne's School of Law."

"I am thrilled with the opportunity to come back to my law school and work with the faculty to ensure Duquesne is the best law school it can be," said Guter. "My first priorities include getting to know each and every student, forming relationships with faculty, and enhancing the school's interaction with our many esteemed alumni."

Guter is best known for his long and influential career in the U.S. Navy, where he served in various high-profile roles, including judge advocate general. As judge advocate general, he advised the secretary of the Navy, the chief of naval operations, and senior government leaders on a wide range of legal issues regarding ethics, environmental law, federal court litigation strategy, international law, criminal law and personnel matters. He led a team of 1,800 active duty, reserve, and civilian lawyers and 1,000 paralegals of the Judge Advocate General's Corps.

From 1977-2000, Guter served as deputy judge advocate general and commander of the Naval Legal Service Command. His duties included overseeing a worldwide network of 13 major legal offices and 45 branch offices serving the U.S. government and service members. Additionally, he led the Navy's law school—the Naval Justice School—where he was responsible for administration and curriculum.

Duquesne Law DeanRear Admiral Guter's personal decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two gold stars, the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars and the Navy Commendation Medal.

Guter currently serves as chief executive officer of Vinson Hall Corporation, a non-profit continuing care retirement community, and Executive Director of the Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation.

He will assume the dean's position on August 1, 2005.

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