Faculty Profiles

Rachel Moran

Rachel F. Moran

Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law and Dean Emerita
A.B. Stanford, 1978
J.D. Yale, 1981
UCLA Faculty Since 2010

Rachel F. Moran is Dean Emerita and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. Prior to her appointment at UCLA, Professor Moran was the Robert D. and Leslie-Kay Raven Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law. From July 2008 to June 2010, Moran served as a founding faculty member of the UC Irvine Law School.

Moran received her A.B. in Psychology with Honors and with Distinction from Stanford University in 1978, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa her junior year. She obtained her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1981, where she was an Editor of the Yale Law Journal, Runner-Up in the Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Prize Competition and Teaching Assistant to the Associate Dean. Following law school, she clerked for Chief Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and worked for the San Francisco firm of Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe. She joined the Boalt faculty in 1983. She has been a visiting professor at UCLA (1988, 2002), Stanford (1989), NYU School of Law (1996), the University of Miami Law School (1997), the University of Texas (2000), Fordham Law School (2005), and Harvard University (2017). From 1993 to 1996 Moran served as Chair of the Chicano/Latino Policy Project (now the Center for Latino Policy Research) at UC Berkeley’s Institute for the Study of Social Change, and in 2003, she became Director of the Institute. In 1995, she received the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award.

Moran is highly active in the legal and educational community. In September 2011, she was selected by President Obama to serve on the Permanent Committee for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise. She was appointed President of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in 2009 and previously was a member of the AALS Executive Committee. In May 2014, she was chosen by American Bar Association (ABA) President James R. Silkenat to serve on the ABA Task Force on the Financing of Legal Education. In August 2014, the American Bar Foundation (ABF) selected her as the inaugural William H. Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity and Law.  In this capacity, she is co-directing an initiative on the future of Latinos in the United States with Robert L. Nelson, Director Emeritus of the ABF.

In addition, Moran sat on the Standing Committee of the Division of Public Education of the American Bar Association; served as a Senator of the Phi Beta Kappa Society; and was on the Executive Board of the Berkeley Law Foundation. Moran is presently a member of the Program Planning Committee for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the AALS, and she previously was chair of the AALS Nominating Committee for 2013 Officers and Members of the Executive Committee. In addition, in 2003 Moran chaired the Planning Committee for Taking Stock: Women of All Colors in Law Schools for the Association of American Law Schools, and she previously co-chaired the Steering Committee for UC ACCORD. She currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Texas Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy.

Moran is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (ABF), a member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles.  In recent years, she has been inducted into the Lincoln Club and the Chancery Club of Los Angeles, and in 2013, she was elected to the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Board of Governors.

Moran’s numerous publications include: Educational Policy and the Law (with Mark G. Yudof, Betsy Levin, James E. Ryan and Kristi L. Bowman) (5th ed. Cengage 2012); Race Law Stories (with Devon Carbado, Foundation Press, 2008); Interracial Intimacy: The Regulation of Race and Romance (University of Chicago Press, 2001); “Race Law Cases in the American Story,” (with Devon W. Carbado), in Civil Rights in American Law, History, and Politics 16 (edited by Austin Sarat, Cambridge University Press, 2014); “Untoward Consequences: The Ironic Legacy of Keyes v. School District No. 1,” 90 Denver University Law Review 1209 (2013); “Clark Kerr and Me: The Future of the Public Law School,” 88 Indiana Law Journal 1021 (2013); “Beyond the Loving Analogy: The Independent Logic of Same-Sex Marriage,” in Loving v. Virginia in a Post-Racial World: Rethinking Race, Sex and Marriage (edited by Kevin Maillard and Rose Cuizon Villazor, Cambridge University Press, 2012); “Equal Liberties and English Language Learners: The Special Case of Structured Immersion Initiatives,” 54 Howard Law Journal 397 (2011); “What Counts as Knowledge?: A Reflection on Race, Social Science, and the Law,” 44 Law and Society Review 515 (2010); “Terms of Belonging,” in The Constitution in 2020 (edited by Jack M. Balkin and Reva B. Siegel, Oxford University Press, 2009); “The Heirs of Brown: The Story of Grutter v. Bollinger,” in Race Law Stories (edited by Rachel F. Moran and Devon W. Carbado, Foundation Press, 2008); “The Story of Lau v. Nichols: Breaking the Silence in Chinatown, in Education Law Stories (edited by Michael A. Olivas and Rona Greff Schneider, Foundation Press, 2008); “Loving and the Legacy of Unintended Consequences,” 2007 Wisconsin Law Review 239; “How Second-Wave Feminism Forgot the Single Woman,” 33 Hofstra Law Review 223 (2004); “The Elusive Nature of Discrimination,” 55 Stanford Law Review 2365 (2003); “Unrepresented,” 55 Representations 139 (1996); and “Courts and the Construction of Racial and Ethnic Identity: Public Law Litigation in the Denver Schools,” in Legal Culture and the Legal Profession (edited by Lawrence M. Friedman and Harry N. Scheiber, Westview Press, 1996); “The Politics of Discretion: Federal Intervention in Bilingual Education,” 76 California Law Review 1249 (1988); and “Bilingual Education as a Status Conflict,” 75 California Law Review 321 (1987).