John Valery White
John Valery White (appointed; elected May 2020 as Chair-Elect; term expires May 2024) is the Ralph Denton professor of law at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law. White 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 and participated in the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization.
Following law school, White was an Orville Schell Fellow at Human Rights Watch in New York City, where he worked on prison and human rights practices in Egypt. He then joined the faculty at Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center as an assistant professor of law, ultimately becoming the J. Dawson Gasquet Memorial Professor of Law. While at LSU, he wrote and lectured on civil rights law. He was also 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 responding to globalism. He then joined the University of Nevada as dean and professor of law, later becoming executive vice president and provost. From 2016 to 2017, he was acting chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education.
White is widely published, contributing to and editing multiple books and articles dealing largely with human rights, civil rights, race politics, and discrimination. In addition, he has served as a guest lecturer, panelist, and speaker both nationally and internationally. He is a member of the American Law Institute and the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves in leadership positions in many nonprofit foundations and boards.
White’s service to LSAC began with his membership on the Services and Programs Committee (2011-2013). Elected to the Board of Trustees in 2015, he served as a member of the Audit Committee (2015-2019) and is currently serving as chair of the Investment Committee (2019-2021).
Kevin K. Washburn
Kevin K. Washburn (elected; term expires May 2022) 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.
Current Members of the Board of Trustees
Marcilynn A. Burke
Marcilynn A. Burke (elected; term expires May 2022) 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.
Megan M. Carpenter
Megan M. Carpenter (elected; term expires May 2024) is dean of the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law. Dean Carpenter is an internationally known expert in intellectual property and innovation, and frequently writes and speaks on innovation in education.
Dean Carpenter has extensive experience in institution-building; her talent for driving initiatives from concept to execution has helped to establish successful programs in law schools and universities. She has spearheaded the creation of innovative academic programs, including experiential learning, industry partnerships, joint degrees, study abroad, conferences and symposia, certificate programs, and interdisciplinary programs. Most recently, she led the creation of the Hybrid JD in Intellectual Property, Technology, and Information Law, the only ABA-accredited hybrid JD in a specialized area of the law. A hallmark of her leadership is a collaborative and student-centered approach.
She writes and publishes in the area of intellectual property and innovation, including the book Evolving Economies: The Role of Law in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, 2012). She has written multiple book chapters and published works in the Hastings Law Journal, Fordham Law Review, Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law, and Yale Journal of Human Rights and Development.
Dean Carpenter believes that learning best takes place at the intersection of theory, policy, and practice. She has received multiple awards for her dedication to students, her skills in program development, and her service to the university and the community, including the Texas A&M University System Distinguished Faculty Award, the President’s Grand Challenge Award, the Judith Kuhn & Stephen R. Alton Service Award, and the United States Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship Best Workshop Award. Throughout her career, Dean Carpenter has engaged intellectual property law with underserved communities such as early-stage entrepreneurs, musicians, and grassroots arts organizations.
Dean Carpenter practiced law at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart (now K&L Gates), where she represented clients on a variety of intellectual property and technology-related issues. Prior to joining UNH Law, Dean Carpenter was founder and co-director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property at Texas A&M University School of Law.
Justin Cruz (elected; term expires May 2023) 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.
Jorge Garcia (elected; term expires May 2022) 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.
Katrin Hussmann Schroll
Katrin Hussmann Schroll (appointed; term expires May 2023) serves as the associate dean of admissions and enrollment management at the University of Miami School of Law. In this role, Dean Schroll provides strategic leadership, policy direction, and operational oversight for the Offices of Admissions, Enrollment Management, and Student Recruitment.
Dean Schroll is actively involved with the Law School Admission Council, currently serving as chair of the Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admission Process Subcommittee and as an ex officio member of the Schools and Candidates Committee. In the past, she has served as an advisor on the Law School Admission Council’s Audit Committee, Information Services Division Advisory Group, and Annual Meeting and Educational Conference Planning Work Group.
Dean Schroll has served on the planning committee for the Annual Meeting of Law School Diversity Professionals, the Maryland State Bar Association’s MYLAW Law & Leadership Institute Committee, and the board of directors for the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association. She has also served as an evaluator of scholarship applicants for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and the Schwarzman Scholars Program.
Dean Schroll previously served as the assistant dean for admissions and enrollment management at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she also worked with students and clients in the Immigration Law Clinic. She also taught legal writing and constitutional law at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.
Dean Schroll is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She earned her JD from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she was a Leadership Scholar and received awards for her advocacy on behalf of clients in the Immigration Law Clinic. Prior to attending law school, she graduated summa cum laude from Florida International University in Miami, where she earned a BA in economics. Dean Schroll spent her early years in Venezuela, then relocated to the United States while a freshman in high school.
Monica Ingram (elected; term expires May 2024) is associate dean of admissions and financial aid at Cornell Law School. She earned her BA magna cum laude at Grambling State University and her JD from The University of Texas School of Law. Dean Ingram practiced law in the area of public education prior to becoming an admissions professional. She served as the assistant dean of admissions and financial aid at The University of Texas School of Law from 2002 until 2015 when she joined Cornell Law School’s senior leadership team.
Like many of us, she is committed to public service and volunteerism. Dean Ingram has served on various boards, including the St. James Episcopal School Board and the Austin Children’s Shelter, and as an appointed trustee to the Law School Admission Council. She has also served as an American Corporate Partners mentor to military service members transitioning from active duty. In 2016, she was appointed to the American Bar Association’s Data Policy and Collection Committee, on which she served until its dissolution in 2018. She currently volunteers her time as a member of Cornell University’s Title IX Hearing Board.
Garry W. Jenkins
Garry W. Jenkins (appointed; term expires May 2023) 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.
David Kirschner (appointed; term expires May 2023) 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. Kirschner also enjoys being at the forefront of using technology to advance the strategic enrollment modeling aspect of admissions as well as the marketing piece. Kirschner has extensive experience with LSAC and other professional organizations related to legal education. Most recently, Kirschner served as the inaugural Chair of LSAC’s Emerging Markets & Innovation Committee and as a member of the LSAC Board of Trustees. Previously, he served two terms on LSAC’s Services and Programs Committee, and has chaired the Forums Work Group. Kirschner has also served on the Information Support Division Advisory Group (ISDAG) and Test Development and Research Committee. Additionally, Kirschner recently completed a tenure as chair of the AALS Section on PreLegal Education and Admission to Law School.
Elizabeth Kronk Warner
Elizabeth Kronk Warner (appointed; term expires May 2023) is dean and professor of law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. Dean Kronk Warner was formerly associate dean and professor of law at The University of Kansas School of Law, where she was also the director of the Tribal Law and Government Center. She was previously an active member of the Federal Bar Association, serving on its national board of directors. She also cochaired the ABA’s Native American Resources Committee.
Dean Kronk Warner is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of environmental and Indian law. She has taught courses on property, Indian, environmental, and natural resources law and supervised KU Law’s Tribal Judicial Support Clinic. She has received several teaching excellence awards, coauthored several books on environmental issues and Native Americans, and has 40 articles and book chapters to her credit. A citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, she served as an appellate judge for the tribe and as a district judge for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe.
Dean Kronk Warner earned her JD from The University of Michigan Law School and her undergraduate degree in communications from Cornell University. She also studied at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She worked in private practice for several years before entering academia. Prior to joining the University of Kansas, Dean Kronk Warner was a law professor at the University of Montana and Texas Tech.
Tamara F. 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.
Browne Lewis (appointed; term expires May 2023) is the dean at the North Carolina Central University School of Law. A prolific legal scholar, Dean Lewis researches in the areas of artificial intelligence, assisted reproductive technology, environmental racism, and inheritance law. Her scholarship has appeared in prominent law reviews. She is the author of two books, Papa’s Baby: Paternity and Artificial Insemination (New York University Press, 2012) and The Ethical and Legal Consequences of Posthumous Reproduction: Arrogance, Avarice and Anguish (Routledge Publishing, 2016). Her most recent book on death and dying is forthcoming from Edward Elgar Publishing Company. She is one of the editors and a contributing author of Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Trusts and Estates Opinions (Cambridge University Press, 2020).
Dean Lewis is a member of the American Law Institute and serves on the board of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). She has received several prestigious national and international awards. Dean Lewis has been a visiting scholar at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics and The Hasting Center. While a visiting researcher at the Brocher Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland, Dean Lewis conducted research on physician-assisted suicide. As a Senior Fulbright Specialist, she lectured and conducted research at Haifa University and Hebrew University in Israel. Dean Lewis was a Core Fulbright Scholar at King’s College in the United Kingdom. After being one of only six law professors selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Public Health Law Scholar, she worked with the Cleveland Public Health Department to study the public health consequences of allowing minors to purchase small cigars.
Dean Lewis has made numerous national and international presentations. She has presented at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Harvard Law School. Dean Lewis has been a guest lecturer at the International Congress on Law and Mental Health in Rome, Italy, and Prague, Czech Republic; the World Congress on Bioethics, Medical Ethics and Health Law in Jerusalem, Israel, and Limassol, Cyprus; and the New Zealand Bioethics Conference in Dunedin, New Zealand. In 2016, she had the honor of delivering a Gresham College Lecture in Central London, England.
Dean Lewis graduated number one in her class from Grambling State University. Prior to attending law school, she received summer fellowships to study at Carnegie-Mellon University, the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Dean Lewis started her professional career as a statistician and ADR trainer at the Conflict and Change Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
John D. Miller
John D. Miller (appointed; term expires May 2023) serves as the vice president for enrollment management, marketing and communications and as an adjunct professor of law at Vermont Law School. He has worked in law school admissions since 2009, when he began as the associate director of admissions at VLS. Vice President Miller obtained his AAS in criminal justice from Hudson Valley Community College, his BS in law and society from The Sage Colleges, and his JD from VLS.
He has served on various committees for the Association of American Law Schools, the Law School Admission Council, and the National Association for Graduate Enrollment Management. Vice President Miller is an adjunct faculty member within the Center for Justice Reform at VLS. He teaches both online and on-campus courses to law and master’s degree students. He is an active volunteer at the Vermont Department of Corrections and the Montpelier Community Justice Center and serves as the president of the board of directors at the North Country Animal League, a limited-access animal shelter.
Jennifer L. Mnookin
Jennifer L. Mnookin (appointed; term expires May 2023) became dean of the University of California (UCLA) School of Law in August 2015. A member of the UCLA Law faculty since 2005, she served as vice dean for faculty and research from 2007 to 2009 and as vice dean for faculty recruitment and intellectual life from 2012 to 2013.
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 renowned faculty, and its 18,000 alumni. She has 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 significant 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 during 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 the founder and faculty codirector of PULSE @ UCLA Law (the Program on Understanding Law, Science & Evidence). She has coauthored 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, including latent fingerprint identification, handwriting expertise, and DNA evidence, and she has advocated for developing a “research culture” in these areas. Dean Mnookin is also known for her scholarship on expert evidence, evidence theory, the Confrontation Clause, and visual and photographic evidence.
In 2020, Dean Mnookin was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and started serving on the board of directors of the UCLA Technology Development Group. She is also a member of the advisory board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. She served for six years on the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Science, Technology and Law, and she 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. 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, Dean Mnookin 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 A.B. from Harvard University, her J.D. from Yale Law School, and her Ph.D. in history and social study of science and technology from MIT.
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 Review, Michigan Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Texas Law Review, UCLA 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). Additionally, she and four black women decanal colleagues were selected to be the inaugural recipients of the AALS Impact Award in recognition of the extraordinary work they performed in collating the Law Deans Antiracist Clearinghouse Project in January 2021
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.
Dean Onwuachi-Willig currently serves on the Grinnell College Board of Trustees, is a Trustee for and Executive Committee member for the Law Society Association, serves on Senators Warren-Markey Judicial Selection and U.S. Attorney Selection Committees, is a member of AALS Law Deans Section Executive Committee and the AALS Deans Steering Committee, and serves on the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being while chair the Law School Subcommittee for that group.
She also served on the AALS Membership Review Committee and as the Grinnell College Alumni Council president. She served 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. Additionally, she 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 Ph.D. 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.
Paul Paton (appointed; term expires May 2023) 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 in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University (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 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.
Ann Killian Perry
Ann Killian Perry (elected; term expires May 2023) has been the associate dean for admissions and financial aid at the University of Chicago Law School since August 2002, where she oversees all aspects of the admissions process, including scholarships. Prior to joining the University of Chicago Law School community, she was the assistant dean for student affairs and financial aid at the University of Illinois College of Law, where she also spent two years doing alumni and development work. Dean Perry’s volunteer work in the admissions arena includes service to the Law School Admission Council as a member of the Services and Programs Committee, Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admission Process Subcommittee, and Newcomers Workshop Planning Work Group. She also chaired the Annual Meeting and Educational Conference Planning Work Group in 2012. Prior to entering law school administration, Dean Perry was an associate at Stellato & Schwartz in Chicago. She earned both her AB in political science and her JD from the University of Illinois.
Aviam Soifer (elected; term expires May 2022) 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 1972-73.
Soifer began his law teaching career at the University of Connecticut in 1973, received a Law and Humanities Fellowship at Harvard University in 1976-77, 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.
Michael J. States
Michael J. States (fulfilling unexpired term of elected trustee; term expires May 2023) 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 for 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 (2017-2019). Dean States has been appointed to serve as council secretary during Kevin Washburn’s term as chair of the Board of Trustees.
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.
Kristin Theis-Álvarez (appointed; term expires May 2023) 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 with 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.