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News Posted on January 9, 2013

Dean Johnson Named 14th ‘Most Influential in Legal Education'

Dean Kevin R. Johnson has been named among the "Most Influential in Legal Education" by National Jurist, placing 14th in a ranking of the top 25 most influential individuals.  Dean Johnson is also profiled in the issue. 

The profile praises Dean Johnson for his "dedication to diversity," which has included the hiring of four women and seven people of color to tenure-track positions at King Hall and his mentorship of colleagues including Angela Onwuachi-Willig, a former King Hall faculty member who is now a professor at the University of Iowa College of Law.  The article also notes Dean Johnson's strong support for the King Hall Outreach Program (KHOP), which helps to prepare first-generation undergraduates and socioeconomically disadvantaged students for the law school admissions process.

"My research for a number of years was focused on civil rights and diversity concerns in various areas," Dean Johnson said. "And one of the things that has inspired me as a dean is a desire to diversify the students and the law faculty."

The ranking, published in the magazine's January 2013 issue, was based on nominations submitted from more than 85 law schools. National Jurist‘s editorial staff narrowed the list down to 50 and then asked 350 people in legal education to rate each nominee based on how much they influenced them in the past 12 months.

Kevin R. Johnson is Dean and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o studies at UC Davis School of Law. He is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of immigration law and policy, refugee law, and civil rights.

National Jurist: "Most Influential People in Legal Education" (Registration required)