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University of Iowa College of Law Dean Kevin Washburn began serving as head of the department June 15, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Langdon/University of Iowa)

University of Iowa College of Law Dean Kevin Washburn will be taking temporary leave as he assists President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team for the next few weeks, according to an email he sent to law students Tuesday.

“I have been asked to assist with the orderly transition of the federal government and, after consulting with the provost and my management team, I have decided to accept this temporary public service assignment,” he wrote in the email.

The email came as President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris announced a list of professionals from associations and universities from across the country who would be assisting in their transition into the White House in January.

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