New Dean Will Be Only Woman Of Color To Lead Top 30 Law School

From Above the Law authored by Staci Zaretsky:

“When Erwin Chemerinsky, the founding dean of UC Irvine School of Law, left the school this past summer for more highly ranked pastures, L. Song Richardson was appointed as interim dean. She’d been a professor at the school for three years, and Chemerinsky sang her praises, saying, “I think she will do a terrific job. I am a huge fan and supporter of hers.” At the time, Enrique Lavernia, Irvine’s provost and executive vice chancellor, said Richardson would be an effective leader while the school conducted a search for someone to replace Chemerinsky, but that their “priority [was] to find the right candidate.”

Right before the Christmas holiday, UC Irvine announced that the “right candidate” had been found — and she’d been right under their noses all along. L. Song Richardson is the next dean of Irvine Law, effective January 1, 2018. Come Monday, she will be the only woman of color to lead one of the nation’s top law schools, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.”


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