Board of Trustees Bios

Chair

Kevin K. Washburn

Kevin K. Washburn

Kevin K. Washburn is N. William Hines dean and professor of law at the University of Iowa College of Law and former regents professor of law and dean at the University of New Mexico School of Law. Dean Washburn earned his BA in economics with honors from the University of Oklahoma. He began his legal studies at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis and then transferred to Yale Law School, where he earned his JD and served as the editor in chief of the Yale Journal on Regulation.

Following law school, Dean Washburn clerked for the Honorable William C. Canby Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Phoenix, Arizona, and then joined the U.S. Department of Justice through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. He worked first as a trial attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division in Washington, D.C., and later as a federal prosecutor in Albuquerque. He then became general counsel of the National Indian Gaming Commission in Washington, D.C. Dean Washburn began his teaching career at University of Minnesota Law School. He served for an academic year as the Oneida Indian Nation visiting professor at Harvard Law School and later became the Rosenstiel distinguished professor of law at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

Nominated by President Barack Obama in August 2012 and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate, Dean Washburn was assistant secretary–Indian affairs through December 2015. He was the principal advisor to the secretary of the interior and the president of the United States on matters involving tribal nations and was the principal link between the federal government and the country’s then 567 tribal nations. He has published widely and has frequently testified before Congress, mostly on issues related to Indian gaming or criminal justice in Indian Country. Among many published works, he is an author and editor of Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law, the sole author of a casebook titled The Law of Gaming/Gambling, and an author and coeditor of Indian Law Stories. Dean Washburn is an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Dean Washburn has served on law school admissions committees at the Universities of Minnesota and New Mexico. He has also served on the ABA's Accreditation Committee and the National Conference of Bar Examiners' Criminal Law and Procedure Drafting Committee. He began his activities with the Law School Admission Council as a member of the LSAC Minority Affairs (now Diversity) Committee (2003-2007) and as a member of its PLUS Subcommittee (2003-2005). Elected to serve on the LSAC Board of Trustees in 2006 for a three-year term, he first served as trustee liaison to the Minority Affairs (now Diversity) Committee (2006-2007) and then as trustee liaison to the Test Development and Research Committee (2007-2009). He again served on the Board of Trustees and as a member of the Audit Committee in 2012-2013. Dean Washburn was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2016 for a three-year term and was a member of the Audit Committee (2016-2017). Dean Washburn was voted chair-elect of the LSAC Board of Trustees in 2018 and became the chair in 2019 for a two-year term.

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Chair-Elect

John Valery White

John Valery White

John Valery White is the Ralph Denton professor of law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law. After a decade as dean of the Boyd School of Law, executive vice president and provost of UNLV, and acting chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education, Professor White returned to the faculty. His current scholarly focus is on the role of civil and human rights law in addressing the demographic consequences of globalization. He earned his BA from Southern University and his JD from Yale Law School, where he was a notes and topics editor for the Yale Law Journal. Professor White began his academic career at Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center as an assistant professor of law, ultimately becoming the J. Dawson Gasquet memorial professor of law while teaching and publishing on civil and human rights law. He directed LSU Law’s summer program in Lyon, France, and was a distinguished visiting professor at the University of Insubria in Como, Italy, where he explored the role of civil rights law and multicultural theories in response to globalism. As a Schell fellow at Human Rights Watch/Middle East in New York City from 1991-1992, Professor White analyzed humanitarian law and human rights issues related to the Gulf War and participated in a site visit to Egypt, investigating arbitrary detention and torture and prison conditions, which led to book-length Human Rights Watch reports on torture and prison conditions in 1992. He is widely published, having contributed to multiple books and written articles dealing with human rights, civil rights, and discrimination. Professor White has served as a guest lecturer, panelist, and speaker both nationally and internationally; is a member of the American Law Institute and the Council on Foreign Relations; and serves in leadership positions across many nonprofit foundations and boards. He began his service to LSAC with his membership on the Services and Programs Committee (2011-2013). Professor White was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2015, at which time he served as a member and chair of the Audit Committee (2015-2019). He is currently chair of the Investment Committee.

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Current Members of the Board of Trustees

Gregory Bowman

Gregory Bowman

Gregory Bowman is a professor of law and the William J. Maier, Jr. dean at West Virginia University College of Law. He earned his BA in international studies and economics summa cum laude from West Virginia University, his master’s degree with distinction in economics from the University of Exeter in England, and his JD cum laude from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

Prior to his teaching career, Dean Bowman practiced law in Chicago and Washington, D.C., with the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie. A nationally recognized scholar in international trade law and remedies, he joined the WVU Law faculty in 2009 and was associate dean of academic affairs prior to being named interim dean in July 2014. He was appointed to his present position in May 2015. He received the Award for Outstanding Teaching from the WVU Foundation in 2014 and was named Professor of the Year in 2011 by WVU Law students.

In his service to LSAC, Dean Bowman has been a member of the Test Development and Research Committee (2015-2017) and currently serves on the Board of Trustees, as chair of the Audit Committee and Executive Compensation Committee, and as an ex officio member of the Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admission Process Subcommittee.

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Marcilynn A. Burke

Marcilynn A. Burke

Marcilynn A. Burke is dean and the Dave Frohnmayer chair in leadership and law at University of Oregon School of Law. She earned her JD from Yale Law School, where she edited the Yale Journal of International Law and the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism and was awarded the Connecticut Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund Prize for the best paper in the field of real property law. She earned her BA in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where her honors included Phi Beta Kappa and a place on the dean’s list during all semesters. After law school, Burke worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Raymond A. Jackson of the U.S. District Court and later as an associate for Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. Burke left practice to become a visiting assistant professor at Rutgers Law School for one year and then joined the faculty at University of Houston Law Center. She took a leave of absence to work in the U.S. Department of the Interior, first in the Bureau of Land Management as deputy director of programs and policy and later as acting assistant secretary for Land and Minerals Management. Burke returned to University of Houston Law Center and later became associate dean prior to her current position at Oregon.

Burke has served as a speaker, panelist, moderator, and lecturer in myriad academic presentations over the course of her career, including appearances at the ABA Associate Deans Conference, the AALS Annual Meeting, and the Annual Judicial Education Conference. She has given congressional testimony on matters concerning the environment, published numerous journal articles, and been the recipient of many honors and grants, including the Faculty of the Year Award from the Black Law Students Association at UHLC. Burke is a founding member of the Environmental Law Reporter and Environmental Law Institute Press Advisory Board and is a participant in such organizations as the AALS, the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, the Yale Law Women Summer Mentorship Program, and LSAC’s Audit Committee and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

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Justin Cruz

Justin Cruz

Justin Cruz is the assistant dean of admission and diversity initiatives at Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law. He earned his BS in industrial and systems engineering with honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and his JD from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri. While in law school, Dean Cruz was managing editor of the Washington University Law Review and received the CALI Excellence Award for his work in the Intellectual Property and Nonprofit Organization Clinic. After graduating from Washington University, Dean Cruz worked in the area of intellectual property law as in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 company. Prior to joining Chapman, he served as associate dean of student affairs at Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law in Orlando, Florida, and as assistant director of admission at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. In addition, Dean Cruz was an adjunct professor at TJSL, where he taught the Intellectual Property Law Practicum course. Prior to his career in law, Dean Cruz worked as an engineer for Caterpillar, Inc. He has also served in various capacities for LSAC, including as a member of the Diversity Committee, HBCU/HACU/TCU Initiatives Subcommittee, Finance and Legal Affairs Committee, and currently the Emerging Markets and Innovation Committee. In 2017, Dean Cruz received the “Be the Change” leadership award from the Orange County Bar Association, and in 2019, he received the CLEO EDGE Diversity Award for his work to progress diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. He continues to serve in various diversity leadership roles, including as a standing executive committee member for the Annual Meeting of Law School Diversity Professionals and as a board member of the Thurgood Marshall Bar Association in Orange County, California.

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Michael W. Donnelly-Boylen

Michael W. Donnelly-Boylen

Michael W. Donnelly-Boylen is the assistant dean of admissions at Roger Williams University School of Law. He earned a BA in government from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in political science from Suffolk University. Donnelly-Boylen began his career in legal education at Suffolk University Law School’s career services office. He transitioned into Suffolk’s admissions office, ultimately holding the title of associate director of admissions, and joined Roger Williams as director of admissions before being promoted to his current position. Donnelly-Boylen has served on LSAC’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee; Test Development and Research Committee; and 2017 Summer Workshops Work Group and has chaired the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Subcommittee and the Annual Meeting and Educational Conference 2016 Planning Work Group. In 2017, he served as chair of the AALS Section on Admissions and Pre-Legal Education, presenting on how to unify law schools’ social media campaigns at the AALS 2017 Annual Meeting. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees and serves as chair of the Schools and Candidates Committee.

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Ella Mae Estrada

Ella Mae Estrada

Ella Mae Estrada is the associate dean of enrollment management, financial aid, and diversity initiatives at New York Law School, where she is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing policies and procedures for comprehensive admission and financial aid programs, and providing strategic direction and leadership for marketing, recruitment, and enrollment management. She also oversees all aspects of the financial aid program, including compliance with policies, scholarships, and funding from federal, state, and private sources, and works closely with faculty and student groups to develop, implement, and monitor programs that promote diversity within the law school. Dean Estrada earned her BA at Golden Gate University, where she studied business management. She began her career at Golden Gate University School of Law, then worked as director of admissions and codirector of diversity initiatives at McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific before joining New York Law School. She has served on the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education’s Northeast Planning Committee. She has also served on a variety of panels sponsored by AccessLex and the New York City Bar Association and currently serves on the board of directors for the Tri-State Diversity Council. Dean Estrada has volunteered with LSAC as a member of the Newcomers Workshop Planning Work Group, Pipeline Committee, and Technical Services User Work Group and has spoken at various forums and panel discussions. She is currently a member of LSAC’s Board of Trustees and serves on the Audit Committee.

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Jorge Garcia

Jorge Garcia

Jorge Garcia is the assistant dean of admissions, diversity initiatives, and financial aid at University of San Diego School of Law. He earned his MBA from California State University San Marcos and a BA in economics from University of California, San Diego. Prior to his current role, Garcia was the director of admissions and financial aid at San Diego, the financial aid senior analyst and advisor at CSUSM, and a financial aid counselor at UCSD. He has served as a presenter and panelist in national and regional conferences and workshops and has served as a member of LSAC’s Services and Programs Committee and Newcomers Workshop Planning Work Group. Most recently, Garcia served as chair of LSAC’s Forums Work Group and currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees; the Emerging Markets and Innovation Committee; and Finance and Budget Committee.  

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Garry W. Jenkins

Garry W. Jenkins

Garry W. Jenkins is the dean and William S. Pattee professor of law at University of Minnesota Law School. He earned his JD at Harvard Law School, where he served as editor in chief of Harvard Civil Rights—Civil Liberties Law Review. He also earned a master’s degree in public policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a BA at Haverford College in Pennsylvania. After graduation, Dean Jenkins clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Pittsburgh and worked as an attorney with the New York law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. He then joined the Goldman Sachs Foundation as chief operating officer and general counsel. 

Prior to his current position, Dean Jenkins worked at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, occupying several professorial roles before becoming the associate dean for academic affairs.

With interests encompassing law and philanthropy, corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility, Dean Jenkins has authored several law review articles and participated in numerous presentations and panels. He has been honored with multiple awards for his research and is currently recognized as a fellow by the American Bar Foundation. 

At the University of Minnesota, Dean Jenkins serves on the Twin Cities Deans Council, the Public Engagement Council, and the university foundation’s Academic Leaders Advisory Cabinet. He serves by gubernatorial appointment as one of Minnesota’s commissioners to the Uniform Law Commission. In addition, he is vice chair of the governing board at his undergraduate alma mater, Haverford. He is currently a member of LSAC’s Board of Trustees and serves as chair of the Assessments Committee.

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David Kirschner

David Kirschner

David Kirschner is the associate dean of admissions and financial aid at University of Southern California, Gould School of Law. Kirschner earned his BA in film production cum laude from the University of Southern California and his JD cum laude from California Western School of Law. While in law school, he served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Barbara L. Major, Magistrate Judge, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Kirschner began his career in law school admissions as an alumni recruiter at California Western School of Law before becoming assistant and then associate director of admissions at Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University. In his current position at USC, Kirschner is responsible for the setting and implementation of strategic goals and targets for each admission cycle. He has extensive LSAC volunteer experience, having served as a frequent presenter at LSAC meetings and conferences, two terms on LSAC’s Services and Programs Committee, and as chair of the Forums Work Group. He has also served on the Information Support Division Advisory Group (ISDAG) and Test Development and Research Committee. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees and serves as chair of the Emerging Markets and Innovation Committee. The AALS recently appointed Kirschner chair of the Section on PreLegal Education and Admission to Law School for 2019.

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Tamara F. Lawson

Tamara Lawson

Tamara F. Lawson is dean and professor of law at St. Thomas University School of Law, where she previously served as associate dean for academic affairs (2017-2018) and associate dean for faculty development (2013-2017). Dean Lawson is also the chair of the Law Professors Division of the National Bar Association and the chair-elect of the Section on Women in Legal Education of the American Association of Law Schools.

Dean Lawson joined the St. Thomas Law faculty in 2004 and was awarded “Professor of the Year” in 2005 and 2006. In addition to her administrative duties, she teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and a seminar on Race and the Law. Prior to joining the law faculty, Dean Lawson served as a deputy district attorney at the Clark County District Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas, Nevada, from 1996-2002. As a criminal prosecutor, she worked in the Special Victims Unit for Domestic Violence, argued multiple cases before the Nevada Supreme Court, including death penalty cases, and served in various departments in the prosecutor’s office. 

Dean Lawson’s research is published in prestigious law journals such as the American Journal of Criminal Law, the Iowa Law Review, the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy, and the University of Maryland Journal of Race, Religion, Gender, and Class. Her premier article “Can Fingerprints Lie?: Re-weighing Fingerprint Evidence in Criminal Jury Trials” has been referenced in numerous treatises, law review articles, and appellate court briefs. She has also coauthored two casebooks, Criminal Procedure: Cases and Materials (West Academic Publishing, 2016) and Evidence: Cases, Materials, and Problems, Fifth Edition (Carolina Academic Press, 2018). Her scholarship has been included as an invited chapter, entitled “Before the Verdict and Beyond the Verdict: The CSI Infection Within Modern Criminal Jury Trials,” in the book Contemporary Controversies: Forensic Technology. Her article “A Fresh Cut in an Old Wound – A Critical Analysis of the Trayvon Martin Killing: The Public Outcry, the Prosecutors’ Discretion, and the Stand Your Ground Law” garnered Dean Lawson local media appearances as a legal expert, and she was selected to serve as the reporter for the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Stand Your Ground Laws. Her research on excessive force cases in Miami was also published in the article “Powerless Against Police Brutality: A Felon’s Story.”

Dean Lawson earned her BA from Claremont McKenna College, her JD from University of San Francisco, and her LLM from Georgetown University.

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Jennifer L. Mnookin

Jennifer L. Mnookin

Jennifer L. Mnookin is dean of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law, where she also serves as the David G. Price and Dallas P. Price professor of law. A member of the UCLA Law faculty since 2005, she has served as vice dean for faculty and research as well as vice dean for faculty recruitment and intellectual life. As dean, she has worked to build upon UCLA Law’s reputation for excellence and access, and to support a collaborative and engaged environment among students, the school’s faculty, and its 18,000 alumni. She has also spearheaded initiatives including new programs in human rights, criminal justice, immigration, and law and technology; UCLA Law’s first alumnae leadership conference; new student scholarship programs, including the full-tuition Achievement Fellowship Program for high-achieving students who have overcome substantial obstacles; and a significant expansion of clinical opportunities in areas ranging from veterans’ needs to documentary filmmaking. She also brought UCLA Law’s role in the Centennial Campaign for UCLA to a successful conclusion, raising more than $100 million in philanthropic commitments over her first four years as dean and ensuring that the law school exceeded its campaign goal by more than $30 million. A leading evidence scholar, Dean Mnookin is founder and faculty codirector of PULSE (the Program on Understanding Law, Science, and Evidence) and coauthor of two major evidence treatises, The New Wigmore, A Treatise on Evidence: Expert Evidence and Modern Scientific Evidence: The Law and Science of Expert Testimony. She has published extensively on issues relating to forensic science and is also known for her scholarship on expert evidence, evidence theory, the Confrontation Clause, and visual and photographic evidence. She served for six years as a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Science, Technology, and Law; cochaired a group of senior advisors for a President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology report on the use of forensic science in criminal courts; and serves on the advisory board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. Dean Mnookin served on the steering committee of the Association of American Law Schools’ Deans Forum from 2016 to 2019 and was elected to the American Law Institute in 2011. Prior to joining UCLA Law, she was professor of law and Barron F. Black research professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and visiting professor of law at Harvard Law School. She earned her AB from Harvard University, her JD from Yale Law School, and her PhD in history and the social study of science and technology from MIT.

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Angela Onwuachi-Willig

Angela Onwuachi-Willig

Angela Onwuachi-Willig is dean and professor of law at Boston University School of Law. A renowned legal scholar and expert in critical race theory, employment discrimination, and family law, she joined the law school as dean in August 2018.

Before joining the School of Law, Dean Onwuachi-Willig served as chancellor’s professor of law at University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Previously, she taught at the University of Iowa College of Law, where she was the Charles and Marion Kierscht professor and at University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall), where she was acting (assistant) professor of law. As a classroom teacher, she taught employment discrimination, evidence, family law, critical race theory, and torts.

Onwuachi-Willig is the author of According to Our Hearts: Rhinelander v. Rhinelander and the Law of the Multiracial Family (Yale, 2013). Her articles have appeared in leading law journals such as the Yale Law Journal, Virginia Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, California Law ReviewMichigan Law ReviewGeorgetown Law JournalTexas Law ReviewUCLA Law Review, and Vanderbilt Law Review, to name a few.

Onwuachi-Willig is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Association of American Law Schools Clyde Ferguson Award (2015), the AALS Derrick Bell Award (2006), the Gertrude Rush Award (2016) from the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys and the Iowa Chapter of the National Bar Association, and Law and Society’s John Hope Franklin, Jr., Prize (2018). Along with her coauthor Mario Barnes, she is the first faculty member to win both the Ferguson and Bell Awards. In the 2017-18 academic year, Onwuachi-Willig served as the William H. Neukom Fellows research chair in diversity and law at the American Bar Foundation. Most recently, she was nominated as an EXTRAordinary Woman in Boston (2019).

Onwuachi-Willig received the 2016 Collegiate Teaching Award at the University of Iowa College of Law and the 2012 Marion Huit Award, a University of Iowa award given to a faculty member in recognition of outstanding teaching and assistance to students, exceptional research and writing, and dedicated service to the university and the surrounding community. Other honors include her selection as a finalist for the Supreme Court of Iowa in 2011, identification by the National Law Journal as one of the “Minority 40 Under 40” in 2011 and by Lawyers of Color as one of the “50 Law Professors of Color Under 50” in its inaugural list in 2013, and election to the American Law Institute, American Bar Foundation, and Iowa Bar Foundation.

Onwuachi-Willig’s leadership roles include her service on the Grinnell College Board of Trustees, the AALS Membership Review Committee, and the Warren-Markey Judicial Selection Committee. She also served as the Grinnell College Alumni Council president and as chair for the AALS Committee on the Recruitment and Retention of Minority Law Teachers and Students for two years, leading the committee as it drafted and developed an official Statement of Good Practices on the Recruitment and Retention of Minority Law Teachers. She also is the founder of the Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Workshop, which has resulted in the production of many books and hundreds of articles and essays by its participants and has assisted dozens of women on the path to tenure. Onwuachi-Willig also has served as the chair of the AALS Minority Groups Section, the AALS Law and Humanities Section, and the AALS Employment Discrimination Section and was chair of the 2015 AALS Mid-Year Workshop.

Onwuachi-Willig graduated from Grinnell College, Phi Beta Kappa, and received her JD from the University of Michigan, where she was a Clarence Darrow Scholar, a Michigan Law Review note editor, and an associate editor for the founding issue of the Michigan Journal of Race and Law. After law school, she clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Solomon Oliver of the Northern District of Ohio and U.S. Sixth Circuit Judge Karen Nelson Moore. She received her PhD in sociology and African American studies from Yale University. She has practiced law as a labor and employment associate at Jones Day in Cleveland, Ohio, and Foley Hoag in Boston, Massachusetts.

Onwuachi-Willig was elected for a three-year term as a member of the LSAC Board of Trustees in June 2018 and currently serves on LSAC’s Investment Committee.

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Paul Paton

Paul Paton

Paul Paton is the Thomas W. Lawlor QC professor of law and ethics at University of Alberta Faculty of Law and has been recognized as a leader in the legal profession and in legal education in the U.S. and Canada. In June 2019, he completed a five-year term as dean and Wilbur Fee Bowker professor of law at Alberta, after having led a remarkable transformation recognized in the faculty’s rise of 54 places in two years (2016-18) into the Times Higher Education Top 100 Law Schools worldwide. During Paton’s term, he led an effort that resulted in the faculty’s budget nearly doubling; he hired 11 new tenure-track faculty members, one-third of the entire faculty complement; he exceeded fundraising targets and overhauled the faculty’s development office; and he oversaw the launch of innovative programs for foreign-trained graduates in experiential learning and in indigenous legal traditions. His focus on enhancing the student experience included a pilot program for onsite mental health and wellness counseling and referral services, a quadrupling of career services counseling and support staff, and supports for diversity and inclusion that resulted in student nomination and recognition by the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (Western Canada) as a Leader in Diversity.

He joined the LSAC Board as trustee-at-large in May 2019 for a two-year term, is a member of the Audit Committee, and serves as Board liaison to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Paton holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Toronto, an MPhil in international relations from Cambridge, and master’s and doctoral degrees in law from Stanford. Called to the Ontario Bar in 1994, over the next decade, he practiced as a commercial litigation associate and partner, as justice and social policy advisor to the premier of Ontario, and as in-house counsel to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He has held academic and administrative positions in both the U.S. and Canada. Paton was inaugural vice provost at the University of the Pacific in Sacramento, Stockton, and San Francisco (2012-2013); professor of law and director of the Ethics Across the Professions initiative at McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific (2008-2014); and assistant professor at Queen’s University Faculty of Law (2004-2008).

An expert on legal ethics, professional responsibility, the regulation of lawyers, and corporate governance, he has been an invited or keynote speaker for many of the leading academic and professional legal ethics conferences in the U.S., Canada, and England, and spoke at the International Bar Association meeting in Seoul in September 2019. His published work includes leading articles and commissioned expert reports on topics including ethical challenges for corporate counsel, privilege and confidentiality, and lawyer regulation in international context. Paton received the Robert V.A. Jones Award from the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (the organization’s highest individual honor) in 2019 and a Distinguished Service Award for contributions to the legal profession from the Ontario Bar Association in 2014. He was a finalist in the Canadian Lawyer Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada in both 2015 and 2019. He was a reporter to the ABA Ethics 20/20 Commission from 2010-2012, chaired the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Academic Selection Committee in 2016, chaired the Canadian Bar Association’s national Ethics and Professional Issues Committee for two terms, and is a fellow of both the Salzburg Seminar (2002) and the 2013 Aspen Institute Justice and Society Seminar. He successfully completed the UCLA Anderson School of Business Corporate Governance/Board Director certification examination in 2016.

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Ann Killian Perry

Ann Killian Perry

Ann Killian Perry has been the associate dean for admissions and financial aid at the University of Chicago Law School since 2002. In this role, she oversees all aspects of the admissions process including scholarship and enrollment management. Prior to joining the University of Chicago Law School community, Dean Perry was the assistant dean for student affairs and financial aid at University of Illinois College of Law, where she also spent two years doing alumni and development work. Her volunteer work includes committee service for the Law School Admission Council. She has served on the Assessments Committee, Services and Programs Committee, the Subcommittee on Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admission Process, and the Newcomer’s Workshop Planning Work Group, and has also chaired the Annual Meeting and Educational Conference Planning Work Group. Prior to entering law school administration, she was an associate at Stellato & Schwartz in Chicago. Dean Perry earned her AB in science and her JD from the University of Illinois.

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Renée C. Post

Renée C. Post

Renée C. Post is associate dean for admissions and financial aid at University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history and women’s studies at the University of Pittsburgh, a secondary education certification at the University of Arizona, and an MSEd in higher education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

Post began her career as a teacher in Tucson, Arizona, where she taught U.S. government and American history. She then attended the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education as both a student and student affairs intern. After earning her degree, she became a member of the enrollment team at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School as an admissions officer and was subsequently promoted to the roles of associate director for admissions and financial aid and director for admissions. Post was appointed to her current position in March 2007.

Post’s service to LSAC began as a member of the Finance and Legal Affairs Committee (2009-2011). She served as faculty for the Newcomers Conference (2007, 2012) as well as on the Annual Meeting and Educational Conference 2013 Planning Work Group. Elected to the Board in 2013, she has chaired the Audit Committee (2015-2017) and has been a member of the LSAC President Search Committee (2017) and the Investment Committee (2017-2019). Post is currently chairing the Finance and Budget Committee.

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Richard L. Schmalbeck

Richard L. Schmalbeck

Richard L. Schmalbeck is Simpson Thacher and Bartlett professor of law at Duke University School of Law. He was Phi Beta Kappa and earned his bachelor’s degree in economics with honors from the University of Chicago and his JD from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was associate editor of the University of Chicago Law Review and a Floyd Russell Mechem Scholar.

Following his graduation from law school, Professor Schmalbeck was an associate attorney at Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease in Columbus, Ohio, before becoming special assistant to the associate director for economics and government in the Office of Management and Budget in Washington, D.C. He then worked as an associate attorney for Caplin & Drysdale in Washington, D.C., before moving into academia. He became professor of law at Duke following work as an associate professor there and was a visiting professor of law at both Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and the University of Michigan Law School. Professor Schmalbeck was dean at University of Illinois College of Law for three years before returning to Duke.

Professor Schmalbeck is widely published, with his recent scholarly work focusing on issues involving nonprofit organizations and the federal estate and gift taxes. The fifth edition of his federal income tax casebook, coauthored with Lawrence Zelenak, was published in 2018. Professor Schmalbeck’s professional activities have also included ABA site inspections of law schools, participation on the Membership Review Committee for the Association of American Law Schools, and participation on several Duke University ad hoc committees to review senior university executives, including the president, provost, and deans. He was twice designated Law School Teacher of the Year by the Duke Bar Association.

Professor Schmalbeck served on LSAC’s Test Development and Research Committee from 2005 to 2011. Elected to the Board in 2011 for a three-year term, he served as a member of the Investment Committee until 2014. Professor Schmalbeck also served on LSAC’s Board of Trustees from 2011 to 2014 and as an advisor to the Investment Committee from 2014 to 2018. He was again elected to the Board in 2018 for a three-year term and currently serves as chair on the Finance and Budget Committee and is a member of the Investment Committee.

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Aviam Soifer

Aviam Soifer

Aviam Soifer received his law degree from Yale Law School in 1972. He also holds B.A. cum laude (1969) and master of urban studies (1972) degrees from Yale.

While in law school, he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal, a director of the Law School Film Society, and a director of the Legal Services Organization. He helped to found the C.V.H. Project, representing people in Connecticut’s largest mental hospital. After graduating, he clerked for then Federal District Court Judge Jon O. Newman in Connecticut from 1972-1973.

Soifer began his law teaching career at the University of Connecticut in 1973, received a Law and Humanities Fellowship at Harvard University in 1976-1977, and taught at Boston University from 1979-1993. He served as dean of Boston College Law School from 1993-1998 and continued to teach at BC until 2003, when he became dean of the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i.

Soifer received Boston College’s Distinguished Senior Research Award and he was appointed as a Distinguished Scholar at the University of Wisconsin's Legal Studies Institute. His book Law and the Company We Keep (Harvard University Press, 1995) was awarded the Alpha Sigma Nu Triennial National Jesuit Book Prize in professional studies. He has also received numerous awards for his public service work.

Soifer continues to teach and to add to his list of over 50 scholarly publications, as well as to make public presentations and to engage in public service activities. He teaches primarily in the areas of constitutional law, legal history, legal writing, and law and humanities.

Dean Soifer served on LSAC’s Services and Programs Committee from 2007-2009. He was appointed to the Board to fill the one-year balance of Kevin Washburn's unexpired term after Dean Washburn was elected as chair-elect, and he was elected to a full term in 2019. Soifer also serves on the Schools and Candidates Committee.

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Michael J. States

Michael J. States

Michael J. States is assistant dean for admissions, financial aid, and diversity initiatives at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Kansas and his JD from Saint Louis University School of Law, where he was president of the Black Law Students’ Association and a member of the Council of Presidents. Dean States began his admissions career as associate director of admissions and financial aid at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He was director of admissions at Mitchell Hamline School of Law; assistant dean for enrollment management at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Stuart School of Business; and assistant dean of admissions at the University of North Carolina before moving to his current position.

Dean States served as president of the Midwest Alliance for Law School Admissions from 2001-2004. He is an Executive Committee member of the Association of American Law Schools Section for PreLegal Education and Admission to Law School, having previously served as section chair. He is also a consultant for the Council on Legal Education Opportunity’s (CLEO) Achieving Success in the Application Process program.

Dean States began serving the Law School Admission Council as a member of the New Admission Personnel and Faculty Members Workshop 2001 Planning Work Group. He then became a member of the Annual Meeting and Educational Conference 2003 Planning Work Group and served on the Official Guide Searches Work Group (2003-2004). He was a member of the Annual Meeting and Educational Conference 2009 Planning Work Group and served on the Finance and Legal Affairs Committee (2009-2011). Dean States was elected to the LSAC Board of Trustees in 2011 and served as trustee liaison to the Services and Programs Committee (2011-2013). He served as chair of the Annual Meeting and Educational Conference 2013 Planning Work Group, was trustee liaison to the Test Development and Research Committee (2013-2014), and chaired the 2014 Nominating Committee. He chaired both the Finance and Legal Affairs Committee (2015-2017) and the 2016 Nominating Committee and was an ex officio member of the Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admission Process Subcommittee (2015-2017). In 2018, Dean States served on the Board of Trustees and was the Board liaison to the Diversity Committee. He was a member of the Test Development and Research Committee from 2017-2019. Dean States has been appointed to serve as council secretary during Kevin Washburn’s term as chair of the Board of Trustees.

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Kellye Y. Testy

Kellye Y. Testy

Kellye Y. Testy has served as president and chief executive officer of the Law School Admission Council since 2017. Under her leadership, LSAC has worked with its partners in the legal education community to promote universal access to justice as a way to build a more just and prosperous world. Testy came to LSAC from University of Washington School of Law, where her eight-year term as dean made her the first woman to hold that post. She also served as a professor and dean of Seattle University School of Law. While dean at UW and SU, Testy founded numerous programs, was named the nation’s second most influential leader in legal education by National Jurist, and served as president and in other roles for the Association of American Law Schools.

Testy is a member of the American Law Institute and has served on the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers and on committees and initiatives of the ABA Section on Legal Education. She currently serves on the boards of the Washington Law Institute and LSSSE, and she is a nationally sought-after speaker, panelist, and consultant on legal and higher education, leadership, diversity and access, and corporate law and governance.

Testy is a first-generation college graduate who earned both her undergraduate degree in journalism and her law degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, her hometown. She graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University Maurer School of Law-Bloomington, where she was editor in chief of the Indiana Law Journal. After graduating, she clerked for Judge Jesse E. Eschbach, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

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Kristin Theis-Álvarez

Kristin Theis-Álvarez

Kristin Theis-Álvarez is the dean of admissions and financial aid at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. She graduated with high honors from UC Berkeley, earning her BA in rhetoric and Native American studies. She went on to earn her JD from Stanford University Law School. From 2006 to 2007, Theis-Álvarez worked as coordinator for the Building Young Minds Scholarship Program for Habitat for Humanity East Bay, where she designed and managed a college scholarship program serving low-income high school students. Just prior to her current position, she was the associate director of admissions for outreach and recruitment and then the director of admissions and scholarship programs at Berkeley Law.

Theis-Álvarez began her service to LSAC as a member of the Newcomers Conference Planning Committee and has since served on the Services and Programs Committee, Board of Trustees, and the Summer Workshop Planning Work Group. She also chaired the Services and Programs Committee (2013-2015) and the Annual Meeting and Educational Conference Planning Work Group (2018). She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees and chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. She has presented at the LSAC Annual Meeting multiple times in recent years, as well as at other events such as the University of California FirstGen Conference. Theis-Álvarez serves in several other leadership positions, including as a board member of the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund and on the UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion’s Native American Advisory Council.

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Michael Waterstone

Michael Waterstone

Michael Waterstone is the Fritz B. Burns dean at Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University. He is also Loyola Marymount’s senior vice president. Waterstone earned his JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and was involved in the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. He earned his BA in political science at University of California at Los Angeles, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Upon graduation from law school, Waterstone worked as a law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals Eighth Circuit under the Honorable Richard S. Arnold. After working in litigation at two different law firms, he became an assistant professor of law at the University of Mississippi School of Law and later a visiting professor at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. He also spent a month teaching at the University of Haifa Faculty of Law in Israel in 2014. Waterstone joined Loyola Marymount as a professor of law and associate dean for research and academic centers before assuming his current positions.

With his focus primarily on disability law, employment law, and civil rights law, Waterstone has written for numerous law journals and public media outlets and has authored books on disability civil rights law. He has presented and moderated at lectures and conferences at institutions in the United States and abroad. Waterstone is a member of the American Law Institute, a former chair of the American Branch of the International Law Association Section on International Disability Law, and a former board member of the Disability Rights Legal Center. He served on the AALS Committee on Professional Development (2014-2016) and has been chair of its Section on Disability Law and Section on Law and Mental Disability. Waterstone was chosen by the National University of Ireland Galway for the Fulbright Specialist Project in 2016. He is currently a member of the LSAC Board of Trustees and serves on the Assessments Committee.

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