The University of Colorado Boulder Provost Russell Moore announced Friday four finalists for the position of dean of Colorado Law.
The finalists for the position are S. James Anaya, a regents’ professor and James Lenoir professor of human rights law and policy at the University of Arizona; Mary Anne Bobinski, professor at the Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver; Laura Gómez, professor at the UCLA School of Law; and Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Charles and Marion Kierscht professor of law at the University of Iowa College of Law.
“The opportunity to lead one of the most distinctive and innovative law schools in the nation attracted an amazing pool of exceptional candidates, and we appreciate the tremendous interest from applicants,” said Lori Bergen, chair of the search committee and founding dean of the College of Media, Communication and Information.
Public sessions with each of the candidates will be held from 5:15 to 6 p.m. at the Wolf Law Building, located at 2450 Kittredge Loop Road, as follows:
Laura Gómez: Feb. 29, room 204
Mary Anne Bobinski: March 7, Wittemyer Courtroom
James Anaya: March 14, Wittemyer Courtroom
Angela Onwuachi-Willig: March 16, Wittemyer Courtroom
Anaya, whose teaching and writing focus on international human rights and issues concerning indigenous peoples, joined the University of Arizona in 1999. Prior to that, he held faculty positions at the University of Iowa, Harvard University, the University of Toronto, the University of Tulsa and the University of New Mexico. Anaya has also written numerous texts and books and litigated major indigenous rights and human rights cases domestically and internationally. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico and a law degree from Harvard Law School.
Bobinski’s research focuses on health law in the United States and Canada including expertise in public and reproductive health, conflicts of interest in health care and research, and comparative health law. She served as dean and professor at the Allard School of Law from 2003 to 2015, where she continues to serve on the faculty as a professor. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a law degree from UB and a master of laws at Harvard University.
Gómez has lectured and published widely in the fields of law and society, critical race theory and the sociology of race. In addition to her law position, she holds appointments in the departments of sociology and Chicana/Chicano studies at UCLA. She rejoined the UCLA faculty in 2011 after serving as a professor of law and American studies at the University of New Mexico from 2005 to 2011. She began her career at UCLA in 1994. Gómez received a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Harvard College, a master’s and a doctoral degree in sociology from Stanford University and a law degree from Stanford Law School.
Onwuachi-Willig’s research explores issues of race, class, rhetoric, stigma and identity in the contexts of antidiscrimination and family law. She’s authored a book and numerous articles that have appeared in leading law journals, as well as opinion pieces. Onwuachi-Willig received a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College in Iowa. She received a law degree from the University of Michigan. She currently is a doctoral candidate in sociology and African American studies at Yale University.
In August 2015, Moore announced Colorado Law Dean Philip Weiser will step down and return to the faculty on July 1, and will continue as the executive director of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship and the campus entrepreneurship initiative.