August 18, 2015 -- Dean Emerita Rachel F. Moran, Michael J. Connell distinguished professor of law at UCLA School of Law, has been named by the American Bar Foundation (ABF) as the Inaugural William H. Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity and Law for 2015-16. In addition to continuing to serve in her position on the UCLA Law faculty, she will co-direct a national research initiative on “The Future of Latinos in the United States: Law, Opportunity and Mobility” with Robert L. Nelson, the ABF’s outgoing director.
The Neukom Fellows Research Chair was established in 2014 by the ABF to spearhead empirical research on law and legal processes centered on issues of diversity and inequality that women, people of color, people with disabilities and persons from the LGBTQ community face in legal practice and before the law. Dean Emerita Moran will begin a new research project on U.S. inequality, diversity, and the future of legal education and the legal profession in addition to co-directing “The Future of Latinos in the United States” initiative.
Dean Emerita Moran is highly active in the legal community. In 2011, she was appointed by President Obama to serve as a member of the Permanent Committee for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise. She was appointed as president of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in 2009. She is a member of the American Law Institute and served on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools. She sat on the Standing Committee of the Division of Public Education of the American Bar Association; serves on the Board of Advisors for the Texas Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy; and was on the Executive Board of the Berkeley Law Foundation. In 2014, she was selected by American Bar Association (ABA) President James R. Silkenat to serve on the ABA Task Force on the Financing of Legal Education, and she was appointed to co-chair the American Bar Foundation’s Future of Latinos Project.
For more information on Dean Emerita Moran’s appointment, please visit http://www.americanbarfoundation.org/news/589.