WINTER 2015/16 |
Kassandra Cline became
the Law School’s manager of
administration and operations
on July 1. In this position,
development of financial tools
that will assist the Law School’s
budgeting process is a principal
task; making financial reports to the
University, ABA and AALS is another big responsibility.
Cline’s experience in the field will also be put to use
assisting Dean Graham on department assessment while
she manages finance, human resources, general property
issues, Law School events and contract matters, as well as
accounting and secretarial staff.
A well-rounded education has provided Cline much
knowledge and experience to contribute to USD. After
obtaining her bachelor’s degree in business leadership
from Omaha, Nebraska’s College of St. Mary in 2001, she
came to USD to pursue a master’s degree in technology
for education and training. She graduated in 2005 but
stayed at the university to pursue a doctorate degree in
educational administration for adult & higher education,
which she finished in 2010. Cline also obtained a master’s
degree in business administration in 2013 from Daniel
Prior to this position, Cline was the director of
Western Iowa Tech Community College’s marketing
management program; the dean of academic affairs at ITT
Technical Institute; and the assistant dean for institutional
effectiveness at AIB College of Business.
Myanna Dellinger came to USD
as an assistant professor of law on
August 5. Originally from Aarhus,
Denmark, she offers international
experience to both the law students
and the university in general.
“I am very proud and honored
to have been chosen to teach law at
a state flagship public law school,” she said. As the world
becomes more globally connected, “most students will
benefit from learning about how things are done not only
in different parts of the United States, but also beyond.”
She obtained both a bachelor’s degree in English
and German and a master’s degree in Languages for
Specialized Purposes from Aarhus University. Then, she
relocated to the United States and later obtained a J.D.
from the University of Oregon School of Law
Dellinger currently instructs courses on commercial
topics as well as international law. Her duties extend
beyond the classroom, however, to encompass research
and writing about the relationship between environmental
and business law. She aims to use her position to educate
not only students, but also those in the legal field.
“I hope that by taking my classes, my students will
be challenged enough to grow,” she said, “and that my
research will help practitioners, judges and policy-makers
realize the effects that climate change will have on most
aspects of society if not curbed soon.”
Other titles of hers include chair of the International
Environmental Law Interest Group in the International
Law Association’s American branch; the host and producer
of the Global Environmental Energy and Law Podcast;
and contributor to the ContractsProf Blog.
The semester keeps Dellinger’s schedule quite full, but
what spare time she can find is spent exercising, traveling,
watching movies or baking.