Monday, May 17, 2021

New Women Law Deans

Updated again: May 17, 2021

It's that time of year again for Gender & Law-Prof Blog's annual list of women law deans.  Updates as new announcements are made.

Mary Davis (Kentucky, Interim Dean), Kentucky

Darby Dickerson, (Dean, UIC John Marshall), Southwestern

Jelani Jefferson Exum, (Detroit Mercy), Detroit Mercy

Linda Greene (Wisconsin), Michigan State

Lolita Buckner Inniss, (Associate Dean, SMU), Colorado

Johanna Kalb (Loyola NO, Associate Dean), Idaho

Hari Osofsky (Dean, Penn State), Northwestern

LaVonda Reed, (Associate Provost, Syracuse) Georgia State

Amelia Smith Rinehart (Utah, Associate Dean), West Virginia


Forty-four percent of these new women deans (4/9) are people of color. 

Women represent 57% (9/16) of new dean appointments this term. 

For additional analysis, see:

Karen Sloan, Northwestern Dean Pick Means Women will Run Half of the T-14 Law Schools Come Fall

Karen Sloan, It's the Moment for This: An e for This: An Unprecedented Number of Black Women are Leading Law Schools  ("By fall, 14% of law schools will have Black women in the Dean's suite.")

See also:

2018 New Women Law Deans

2017 New Women Law Deans

Karen Sloane, Meet the Record-Setting Number of Incoming Women Law Deans (2019)

National Law Journal, Incoming Batch of Law Deans Is More Diverse Than Ever (2019)

Michelle Benedetto Neitz, Pulling Back the Curtain: Implicit Bias in the Law School Dean Search Process, Seton Hall L. Rev.

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While our process is still going on, at University of Colorado Law School all four dean finalists are women.

Posted by: Jennifer Susan Hendricks | Feb 22, 2021 11:40:35 AM

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