September 26, 2011 -- Dean Rachel F. Moran, Michael J. Connell distinguished professor of law, was appointed by President Obama to serve in a key administrative post as a member of the Permanent Committee for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise. The committee, which was established by Congress in 1955 to administer the funds the late Justice Holmes bequeathed to the government, is charged with preparing a history of the U.S. Supreme Court and sponsoring the Oliver Wendell Holmes Lecture.
Dean Moran is the eighth dean of UCLA School of Law. She previously served as Robert D. and Leslie-Kay Raven professor of law at UC Berkeley School of Law. She also served as a founding faculty member of the UC Irvine Law School.
Dean Moran is highly active in the legal community. 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, 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 is currently a Senator for the Phi Beta Kappa Society. 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 the Steering Committee for UC ACCORD. In addition, Dean Moran writes extensively on education law with an emphasis on questions of equity and access.
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 Dean Moran served as chair of the Chicano/Latino Policy Project at UC Berkeley’s Institute for the Study of Social Change. In 2003, she became the director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change at UC Berkeley. In 1995, she received the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award.