Appointment of Rachel F. Moran as Dean of UCLA School of Law

June 4, 2010

UCLA Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Administrative Officers, Deans, Department Chairs, Directors and Vice Chancellors, and School of Law Faculty, Staff and Students

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Rachel F. Moran as dean of the UCLA School of Law, effective October 15, 2010.

Rachel is the Robert D. and Leslie-Kay Raven Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and a founding faculty member at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.  In 1995, she received a distinguished teaching award from the Berkeley campus.  From 1993 to 1996, she served as chair of the Chicano/Latino Policy Project, and from 2003 to 2008, she was director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change.  Rachel was president of the Association of American Law Schools in 2009.

Rachel has published and lectured extensively on affirmative action, desegregation and bilingual education.  She is the author of “Interracial Intimacy: The Regulation of Race and Romance” (2001), co-author of the fourth edition of “Educational Policy and the Law” (2002) and co-editor of “Race Law Stories” (2008).  Her most recent publications include “Let Freedom Ring: Making Grutter Matter in School Desegregation Cases,” 63 University of Miami Law Review 475 (2009); and “Terms of Belonging,” in The Constitution in 2020 at 133 (Jack M. Balkin and Reva B. Siegel eds. 2009).  Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

I want to thank the search/advisory committee for assembling an outstanding pool of candidates and for its role in recruiting Rachel.  The committee was chaired by Judy Olian, dean, UCLA Anderson School of Management; other members were Kevin Reed, vice chancellor, legal affairs; Kathryn Atchison, vice provost, intellectual property and industry relations; James Barrall, partner, Latham & Watkins LLP; UCLA School of Law faculty Devon Carbado, Jennifer Mnookin, Kirk Stark and Eric Zolt; Arleen Leibowitz, professor of public policy; and Michael Seiden, School of Law class of 2011.  The executive search firm, Korn/Ferry International, was represented by John Amer.

I also want to thank Stephen Yeazell for his dedicated service as interim dean since November 2009.

Rachel Moran will join UCLA on July 1, and serve as visiting professor until she assumes the deanship in October.  Chancellor Block and I are confident that the School of Law will reach new heights under her leadership.  Rachel will join a superb community of outstanding faculty, first-rate students, talented staff, distinguished alumni and generous benefactors.  This wonderful network of support should enable her to build on the law school’s traditions of access, excellence, innovation and service.  Please join me in congratulating her and welcoming her to UCLA.


Scott L. Waugh
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost