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William P. VanderWyden III, Assistant Dean for Professional Development, earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law, where he has been working since 1987. He is admitted to The Florida Bar, serves as a church musician, and is active in many community activities.
He is a fountain of information on subjects concerning the School of Law, including bar application and disclosure matters, bar passage, graduation requirements, joint degree programs, and many other topics of importance to students, alumni, and friends of the Law School. He maintains an open-door policy in order to immediately address issues raised by students and is a principal contact for over 17,000 UM Law alumni, many of whom he has served in the Office of the Dean of Students over the past 23 years.
Dean VanderWyden coordinates Partnership for Professionalism, the much acclaimed program that brings judges, attorneys, and law students together in informal dinner settings twice a year to promote civility, ethics and professionalism among members of the legal community. In addition to his involvement with many student organizations, Dean VanderWyden wrote regularly in the Res Ipsa Loquitur about issues of concern to students, and contributed to the "Class Notes" section of the Miami Law's past alumni magazine, The Barrister.