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Rachel Moran

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Dean and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

Rachel F. Moran is the Dean 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.

Dean Moran received her A.B. in Psychology from Stanford University in 1978 and her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1981. Following law school, she clerked for Chief Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit and worked for the San Francisco firm of Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe. She joined the Boalt faculty in 1983. She was 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) and Fordham Law School (2005). From 1993 to 1996 Moran served as chair of the Chicano/Latino Policy Project at UC Berkeley’s Institute for the Study of Social Change, and in 2003, she became the director of the Institute. In 1995, she received the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award.

Dean Moran is highly active in the legal community. In September 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. She recently completed her service as a Senator for the Phi Beta Kappa Society. 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 previously chaired the Steering Committee for UC ACCORD. 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); “What Counts as Knowledge?: A Reflection on Race, Social Science, and the Law,” 44 Law And Society Review 515 (2010); “Let Freedom Ring:  Making Grutter Matter in School Desegregation Cases,” 63 University of Miami Law Review 475 (2009); “Rethinking Race, Equality and Liberty: The Unfulfilled Promise of Parents Involved,” 69 Ohio State University Law Review 1321 (2008);  and “Fear Unbound: A Reply to Professor Sunstein,” 42 Washburn Law Journal 1 (2003).