Mark G. Yudof became the 19th University of California president in the summer of 2008. Previously, he served as chancellor of the University of Texas system since August 2002, and president of the University of Minnesota from 1997 to 2002. Before that, he was a faculty member and administrator at UT Austin for 26 years, serving as dean of the law school from 1984 to 1994 and as the university's executive vice president and provost from 1994 to 1997. His career at UT Austin began in 1971, when he was appointed an assistant professor of law. He has continued to teach throughout his administrative career. While on the UT law faculty, he was also a visiting professor at the law schools at the University of Michigan and UC Berkeley, and conducted research as a visiting fellow at the University of Warwick in England. Yudof is a distinguished authority on constitutional law, freedom of expression and education law who has written and edited numerous publications on free speech and gender discrimination, including "Educational Policy and the Law." He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Law Institute. He recently completed a two-year term on the U.S. Department of Education's Advisory Board of the National Institute for Literacy and has served as a member of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. A Philadelphia native, he earned an LL.B. degree (cum laude) in 1968 from the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he also earned a B.A. degree (cum laude with honors in political science) in 1965. He was awarded the Alumni Award of Merit (2001) and the prestigious James Wilson Award (2004) by the University of Pennsylvania Law School for his many years of service and contributions to the legal community.
Betsy Levin has taught courses in Constitutional Law and Educational Policy and the Law for nearly 40 years. She has served in a number of administrative positions, including Executive Vice President and Director of the Association of American Law Schools, and Dean of the University of Colorado School of Law. Prior to joining the University of Colorado, Professor Levin served as the first General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Education, having come to the Department from the faculty of Duke Law School, where she had taught for eight years. In recent years, she has been a visiting professor of law at the Universities of North Carolina, American, Georgetown, Howard, Baltimore, Puerto Rico, New York University, Nova Southeastern, and Chapman. Earlier government service includes her appointments to the Civil Rights Reviewing Authority of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and to the National Council for Educational Research of the National Institute of Education. Levin has more recently served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and the National Association of Women Judges, as well as to several universities and law schools. Professor Levin's books, articles, and other publications address issues involving equal educational opportunity, education finance, the federal role in education, and the constitutional and statutory rights of teachers and students. Levin received her law degree from Yale Law School, clerked for a U.S. Court of Appeals judge on the Fourth Circuit, and then served as special assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, before joining the Urban Institute as its Director of Education Studies.
Rachel F. Moran is Dean and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law. Prior to her appointment at UCLA, Professor Moran was Robert D. and Leslie-Kay Raven Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law. From July 2008 to June 2010, Moran served as a founding faculty member of the UC Irvine Law School. While at Berkeley, Professor Moran received a Distinguished Teaching Award from the campus, and she served as Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change as well as Chair of the Chicano/Latino Policy Project (now the Center for Latino Policy Research). Moran is highly active in the legal and academic community. She was appointed as President of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in 2009. She is a member of the American Law Institute, the Phi Beta Kappa Senate, the Steering Committee for UC ACCORD, and the Board of Advisors for the Texas Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy. She previously served on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools, the Standing Committee of the Division of Public Education, American Bar Association and the Executive Board of the Berkeley Law Foundation. In addition, in 2003 she chaired the Planning Committee for Taking Stock: Women of All Colors in Law Schools for the Association of American Law Schools. Moran's numerous publications include: Race Law Stories (with Devon Carbado, Foundation Press, 2008); Interracial Intimacy: The Regulation of Race and Romance (University of Chicago Press, 2001); "Let Freedom Ring: Making Grutter Matter in School Desegregation Cases," 63 University of Miami Law Rev. 475 (2009); "Rethinking Race, Equality and Liberty: The Unfulfilled Promise of Parents Involved," 69 Ohio State University Law Review 1321 (2008); and "Fear Unbound: A Reply to Professor Sunstein," in 42 Washburn Law Journal 1 (2003).
Jim Ryan joined the UVA Law School faculty in 1998 after completing a two-year public interest fellowship in Newark, N.J. He teaches law and education, constitutional law, land use law, local government law and is an instructor in the Supreme Court litigation clinic. He writes primarily about law and educational opportunity but has also authored or co-authored articles on constitutional law and theory. He is the author of "Five Miles Away, A World Apart," which was published in 2010 by Oxford University Press. Ryan served as academic associate dean from 2005-09. In 2009, he helped found and now directs the law school's Program in Law and Public Service. He is the recipient of an All-University Teaching Award from the University of Virginia, an Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, and several awards for his scholarship. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Auckland, Harvard, and Yale law schools. Ryan received his A.B. from Yale University and his J.D. from Virginia. After graduating from the Law School in 1992, Ryan first clerked for J. Clifford Wallace, then-Chief Judge of the 9th Circuit, and then for William H. Rehnquist, the late Chief Justice of the United States.
Kristi L. Bowman is an Associate Professor of Law at Michigan State University College of Law and a faculty associate at Michigan State University's Education Policy Center. In 2010, she received the Education Law Association's Steven S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law for her publication "Pursuing Educational Opportunities for Latino/a Students." Her scholarship focuses on racial/ethnic equality and student speech in public elementary and secondary schools and has appeared in law reviews including the North Carolina Law Review, the American University Law Review, the University of Cincinnati Law Review, and in journals targeted towards interdisciplinary and international audiences. She also is the editor of the SSRN Education Law Abstracting Journal and in 2010 was the chairperson for the AALS Education Law Section. Bowman received her B.A. from Drake University and her J.D. and M.A. from Duke University. After graduating from law school, Bowman clerked on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and then represented school districts while practicing at Franczek Sullivan P.C. (now Franczek Radelet) in Chicago. Previously, she worked at the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.