BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW NAMES NEW DEAN
Boston University has announced a new dean to head its law school. Angela Onwuachi-Willig, chancellor’s professor of law at the University of California-Berkeley, will replace Maureen O’Rourke on August 15, the Boston Herald reports. Onwuachi-Willig, who has expertise in racial and gender inequality, says her decision to join BU School of Law is due to the law school’s “history of access and diversity.”
“It’s an excellent institution with a really rich history of access and inclusion,” Onwauchi-Willig tells the Herald. “The faculty are first-rate scholars and first-rate teachers.”
BU’s HISTORY OF DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
Boston University is famously known as the alma mater of Dr. Martin Luther King, who earned his Ph.D. from the university in 1955. But the school has a rich history of diversity and inclusion. In 1881, Lelia Josephine Robinson became the first female graduate of BU Law. Robinson went on to successfully push for passage of a bill allowing the admission of women to the Massachusetts state bar. Barbara Jordan, an alumnus of BU Law, became the first black person elected to the Texas senate.
Maureen A. O’Rourke, the current dean, became the first woman to serve as the law school’s dean. “The law school has had its doors open to everyone since the day it opened,” Onwuachi-Willig tells the Herald.
Onwuachi-Willig has a rich background in employment discrimination and law. Named “Minority 40 under 40” by the National Law Journal, Onwuachi-Willig earned her undergraduate degree from Grinnell College and her law degree from the University of Michigan.
“Her work on diversity and inclusion across multiple institutions makes her the ideal leader for the 21st-century legal landscape,” Katharine Silbaugh, a BU Law professor, said in a statement.
Sources: Boston Herald, Boston University, Boston University