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Christopher Edley Jr. Named Dean of Boalt Hall
Christopher Edley Jr., a Harvard University law professor and national leader in civil rights law and public policy, has been named dean of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall).

Edley, who will be the first African American dean to lead a top-ranked U.S. law school, brings with him a wide range of high-level policy expertise. He served in both the Carter and Clinton administrations and currently serves on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Among his first efforts at Boalt Hall will be to establish a West Coast counterpart to his highly regarded Civil Rights Project at Harvard.

“I have turned aside deanship inquiries in the past, but this opportunity is unique,” said Edley. “California is ground zero for the transformation of America into a multiracial society, and the challenges of creating equity and opportunity are nowhere more urgent. Boalt Hall and Berkeley can lead the nation by providing research-based analysis and prescriptions to help meet those challenges.”

As dean of Boalt Hall, Edley will lead the school’s internationally renowned faculty in continuing to break new ground in established and emerging areas of law. Boalt Hall is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 law schools in the country and its faculty members include recipients of 15 Fulbright and 20 Guggenheim Fellowships, as well as authors of casebooks used worldwide. Boalt’s alumni are distinguished leaders in the legal profession, with many serving as high ranking government officials, jurists and business and community leaders. The law school’s innovative curriculum includes the nation’s top intellectual property program and leading programs in environmental and international law.

A complete press release announcing Edley’s appointment and a transcript of a conversation between Edley and reporters are available on the UC Berkeley website. To read articles about Edley's appointment to the deanship, visit:

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