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2015-16 Neukom Chair: Rachel F. Moran

Rachel F. Moran

Rachel F. Moran


Rachel F. Moran was appointed the inaugural 2015-16 William H. Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity and Law. Moran is the co-director of "The Future of Latinos in the United States: Law, Opportunity, and Mobility" with Robert L. Nelson, and the dean emerita and the Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. She was appointed dean of UCLA School of Law in 2010.  Prior to her tenure at UCLA, Professor Moran was the Robert D. and Leslie-Kay Raven Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law, and from July 2008 to June 2010, 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.  Following law school, Moran 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.

Moran joined the UC Berkeley law faculty in 1983. From 1993 to 1996, she served as chair of the Chicano/Latino Policy Project at UC Berkeley’s Institute for the Study of Social Change, and in 2003, Moran became the director of the Institute. In 1995, she received the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award.

Moran has published widely.  Some of her recent scholarship includes: “Race Law Cases in the American Story" (2014); “A New Twist on the One Best System: Structured English Immersion Initiatives, Equal Opportunity, and Freedom to Learn” (2014); Youth Civic Development and Education: A Consensus Report on a Conference” (2013); “Untoward Consequences: The Ironic Legacy of Keyes v. School District No. 1” (2013); “Clark Kerr and Me: The Future of the Public Law School” (2013); "Educational Policy and the Law" (2012);What Counts as Knowledge?: A Reflection on Race, Social Science, and the Law” (2010); "Race Law Stories" (2008); and "Interracial Intimacy: The Regulation of Race and Romance" (2001).

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 president of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in 2009. She is a member of the American Law Institute, as well as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and she has 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 and served on the Executive Board of the Berkeley Law Foundation.  In May 2014, Moran was selected by American Bar Association (ABA) President, James R. Silkenat, to serve on the ABA Task Force on the Financing of Legal Education.  In recent years, she was also 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. 

Research Focus:

Race, ethnicity, educational opportunity, and the law.

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