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New UC Irvine dean will be only woman of color to lead a top law school, university says

New UC Irvine dean will be only woman of color to lead a top law school, university says

UC Irvine has announced that L. Song Richardson will be the new dean of its 9-year-old law school, following the departure of founding dean Erwin Chemerinsky.

Richardson will take the helm Monday as the only woman of color to lead one of U.S. News & World Report’s 30 top-rated law schools, according to the university.

Richardson was named interim dean after Chemerinsky began his new position as dean of UC Berkeley’s law school in July. Richardson has been part of UC Irvine’s law school faculty since 2014 and was a senior associate dean for academic affairs from 2016 to...

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