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Dean Kimberly Yuracko

Northwestern Law Appoints New Dean

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law has named a new dean.
Kimberly Yuracko, the Judd and Mary Morris Leighton Professor of Law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, was appointed as the new dean of the law school effective September 1.
“President Schapiro and I are extremely pleased that Professor Yuracko has accepted our offer,” Northwestern Provost Jonathan Holloway says in a news release. “Her talents as a legal scholar focusing on antidiscrimination law in employment and gender equity in education are well suited for leading our great law school, and she has excelled in a number of administrative roles at Northwestern Law.”
An Accomplished Career
Yuracko will be succeeding Daniel Rodriguez, who will step down as dean this summer. Yuracko has been a part of the Northwestern faculty since 2002 and served as the associate dean for academic affairs: faculty and research from 2009-2010. She also previously served as interim dean of Northwestern Law in 2011
“Northwestern Law is rich with brilliance, energy, collaboration and kindness. This is an extraordinary community, and I am honored to serve as the next dean,” Yuracko says. “I look forward to working closely with President Schapiro, Provost Holloway and the entire Law School community in the coming years.”
In his statement, Dean Rodriguez praised Yuracko in her new appointment.
“I am pleased that my colleague Kim Yuracko has been appointed as Northwestern Law’s next dean,” Rodriguez says. “Her long experience at Northwestern will serve her well. I wish Kim the very best and will look forward to working with her as a colleague in helping her and her team to take Northwestern Law to even greater heights.”
Yuracko has gained national renown as a scholar of employment law, antidiscrimination law, and gender equity during her time at Northwestern. She has published books including Gender Nonconformity and the Law and Perfectionism and Contemporary Feminist Values. Yuracko earned a bachelor’s degree with distinction in political science and feminist studies as well as a Ph.D. in political science and a law degree from Stanford University. She has also served as a clerk for the Honorable Gary L. Taylor, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and later for the Honorable Stanley Marcus, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Miami.
Sources: Northwestern University