Faculty Profiles

Rachel Moran

Rachel Moran

Dean and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law
A.B. Stanford, 1978
J.D. Yale, 1981
UCLA Faculty Since 2010

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 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, Runner-Up in the Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Prize Competition and Teaching Assistant to the Associate Dean. 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. In May 2014, she 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 August 2014, she was appointed to an American Bar Foundation working group to develop a research initiative on Latinos and the Law. 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. Dean Moran also served as chair of the AALS Nominating Committee for 2013 Officers and Members of the Executive Committee. 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); “Race Law Cases in the American Story,” (with Devon W. Carbado), in Civil Rights in American Law, History, and Politics 16 (edited by Austin Sarat, Cambridge University Press, 2014); “A New Twist on the One Best System: Structured English Immersion Initiatives, Equal Opportunity, and Freedom to Learn,” in The Miseducation of English Learners: A Tale of Three States and Lessons to be Learned 229 (edited by Grace P. McField, Information Age Publishing, 2014); “Angela Harris: The Person, the Teacher, the Scholar,” 102 California Law Review 1015 (2014); “Foreword: A Tribute to Margaret Montoya,” 32 Chicana/o Latina/o Law Review 1 (2014); “Youth Civic Development and Education: A Consensus Report on a Conference,” (co-authored),” Stanford Center on Adolescence (2013); “Untoward Consequences: The Ironic Legacy of Keyes v. School District No. 1,” 90 Denver University Law Review 1209 (2013); “Clark Kerr and Me: The Future of the Public Law School,” 88 Indiana Law Journal 1021 (2013); “When Intercultural Competency Comes to Class: Navigating Difference in the Modern American Law School,” 26 Pacific McGeorge Global Business & Development Law Journal 109 (2013); “Challenges and Opportunities: My Personal Journey,” 31 Chicana/o-Latina/o Law Review (2012); “Equal Liberties and English Language Learners: The Special Case of Structured Immersion Initiatives,” 54 Howard Law Journal 397 (2011); “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).