UCLA Law Professor to Be Acting Chancellor

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From a Times Staff Writer

Norman Abrams, a longtime law professor at UCLA, was chosen Thursday to become the campus’ acting chancellor starting July 1.

Abrams, 73, is to fill in for Albert Carnesale, 69, who announced last year that he would step down on June 30 after nine years as UCLA’s top administrator. After a sabbatical, Carnesale plans to return to UCLA to teach, conduct research and work on public policy issues.

University of California officials said they expect to name a permanent replacement for Carnesale by year’s end. The search effort was set back last month when the front-runner, Syracuse University Provost Deborah Freund, withdrew her name from consideration.


Abrams joined the UCLA law faculty in 1959. He specializes in federal criminal law, antiterrorism law and evidence. He also served as UCLA’s vice chancellor of academic personnel from 1991 to 2001 and as interim dean of the law school in 2003-04.

As acting chancellor, Abrams is to be paid $320,000 a year, plus benefits.

University of California President Robert C. Dynes announced Abrams’ appointment after consulting with several UC regents. The move is expected to be formally approved by the Regents next month.