Appointment of Carole E. Goldberg as Vice Chancellor Academic Personnel

April 7, 2011
UCLA Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

To: Administrative Officers, Deans, Department Chairs, Directors, Faculty and Vice Chancellors

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Carole E. Goldberg as Vice Chancellor – Academic Personnel, effective July 1, 2011.

A member of the UCLA School of Law faculty for nearly four decades, Carole is the Jonathan D. Varat Distinguished Professor of Law and director of the joint degree program in law and American Indian studies at UCLA, where she teaches federal Indian law, tribal legal systems, the tribal legal development clinic, the tribal appellate court clinic and civil procedure. Carole served as associate dean of the School of Law (1984-89 and 1991-92) and as vice chair (1992-93) and chair (1993-94) of the UCLA Academic Senate, a member of the Council on Academic Personnel (2008-11) and on numerous other university and Academic Senate committees.

Professor Goldberg also serves as a justice of the Court of Appeals of the Hualapai Tribe and as a hearing officer for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians. Through her work with UCLA’s Tribal Legal Development Clinic, she has helped Indian nations draft their constitutions, legal codes and intergovernmental agreements. In January 2011, President Barack Obama appointed her to the Indian Law and Order Commission, a congressionally created body that will study and recommend ways to improve Indian country criminal justice.

Carole holds a B.A., magna cum laude, from Smith College and a J.D. from Stanford University. She is co-author of a casebook in the field of federal Indian law, American Indian Law: Native Nations and the Federal System (6th ed. 2010) and co-editor and co-author of the 1982 and 2005 editions of the leading treatise in the field, Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law. She has published articles and books on a wide range of subjects in federal Indian law and tribal law, including state jurisdiction on reservations under Public Law 280, individual rights issues in Indian country, and the constitutionality of federal and state classifications favoring Indians. Her most recent books are Defying the Odds: The Tule River Tribe’s Struggle for Sovereignty in Three Centuries (co-edited, 2010) and Indian Law Stories (co-edited, 2010). She and UCLA professor Duane Champagne are co-authors of a major report, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice under Public Law 280 (2008), and recently received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Justice to conduct a nationwide study of the administration of criminal justice in Indian country.

I want to thank the members of the search/advisory committee for their role in recruiting Carole. Together, they assembled an outstanding pool of candidates for this position. The committee was chaired by Stephen C. Yeazell, David G. Price and Dallas P. Price Distinguished Professor of Law. Other committee members were Deborah L. Estrin, professor of computer science and electrical engineering, Jon Postel Chair in Computer Networks, and director of the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing; C. Cindy Fan, professor of geography and Asian American studies and associate dean, social sciences; Russell Ferguson, professor and chair, department of art; Mark L. Green, professor of mathematics; Patricia A. Kapur, professor and Ronald L. Katz, M.D. chair, department of anesthesiology; Jeffery F. Miller, professor and M. Philip Davis Chair, department of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics; Teofilo F. Ruiz, professor of history and faculty director, International Education Office; Debora Shuger, distinguished professor of English and associate dean, humanities; Dwayne D. Simmons, professor of integrative biology and physiology; and Michael A. Stoll, professor and chair, department of public policy.

I also want to thank Tom Rice for his distinguished service as vice chancellor since August 2006.

We all recognize that this position is of paramount importance to our faculty, and I am confident that Carole will provide outstanding leadership as vice chancellor. Please join me in welcoming her into this new post.


Scott L. Waugh
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost