Friday, December 29, 2017
Los Angeles Times, New UC Irvine Dean Will Be Only Woman of Color to Lead a Top Law School, University Says:
UC Irvine announced that L. Song Richardson will be the new dean of its 9-year-old School of Law following the departure of founding dean Erwin Chemerinsky.
Richardson will take the helm Monday as the only woman of color to lead one of U.S. News & World Report’s 30 top-rated law schools, according to the university.
Richardson was named interim dean after Chemerinsky began his new position as dean of UC Berkeley’s law school in July. Richardson has been part of UCI’s law school faculty since 2014 and was a senior associate dean for academic affairs from 2016 to 2017. She teaches and writes in criminal law, criminal procedure and law and social science.
“It’s rare to find an elite law school with a world-class faculty that excels at both teaching and scholarship, a creative and multi-disciplinary approach to legal education and a commitment to creating and disseminating knowledge that improves lives and communities around the world,” Richardson said in a statement.
Above the Law, New Dean Will Be Only Woman Of Color To Lead Top 30 Law School:
[H]ow does she feel about being the only woman of color to lead one of America’s top law schools? Here’s what she shared with The Recorder:
Through my life I have been inspired by other women and the incredible work they’ve done, and I hope with me in this position it will potentially inspire other women to dream big and work hard to achieve their dreams.
Congratulations to L. Song Richardson on her new deanship at UC Irvine Law. We can only hope that the school will continue its meteoric rise in the rankings under her guidance, and that additional top law schools will follow Irvine’s lead and commit to diversity and inclusion when selecting their leaders.