Caminker recommended as dean of the Law School
Evan Caminker will be recommended to the Board of Regents for appointment
as dean of the Law School. President Mary Sue Coleman and Provost Paul
N. Courant made the announcement June 20. If approved by the regents,
his appointment will be effective Aug. 1.
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Caminker joined the Law School faculty in 1999 and was appointed associate
dean for academic affairs in 2001. He is a scholar of American constitutional
law whose writings, teaching and professional activities focus on individual
rights, federalism and the nature of judicial decision-making.
“Professor Caminker has provided outstanding contributions to the
University and the legal profession through his extensive research and
his experience in the private and public sectors,” Coleman says.
“I am delighted that we have found a new dean with such a broad
background in the practice of law and the academic study of law.”
Courant says, "Evan Caminker is a superb legal scholar with valuable
administrative experience. I worked closely with him in the University's
defense of the Grutter v. Bollinger lawsuit. He has a broad vision of
the role of the Law School in the University, and I have every confidence
he will be an excellent dean."
Caminker came to Michigan from the University of California, Los Angeles
School of Law, where he served on the faculty from 1991-99.
The new dean brings a broad array of legal experience from his practice
in the academic, governmental, public interest and private sectors. From
May 2000-January 2001, he served as deputy assistant attorney general
in the Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice, while on leave
from the U-M Law School. He clerked for Justice William Brennan Jr. of
the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge William Norris of the 9th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals. He practiced law at the Center for Law in the Public
Interest in Los Angeles and with Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington,
He has published articles in the Michigan Law Review, Yale Law Journal,
Columbia Law Review, Stanford Law Review and the Supreme Court Review.
His most recent work includes an inquiry into the nature of decision-making
on multi-member courts. Caminker, who has taught in the fields of constitutional
law, civil procedure and federal courts, has received the ACLU Distinguished
Professors Award for Civil Liberties Education.
“I am honored to have been selected as the new dean of this great
Law School, and I look forward to working with students, faculty and the
administration to build upon the many strengths of this institution,”
Caminker received his B.A. in political economy and environmental studies,
summa cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his
J.D. from the Yale Law School, where he was a senior editor of the Yale
Law Journal and a Coker Fellow, and was awarded the Benjamin Scharps Prize
for Excellence in Legal Writing.
“I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation
to Kyle D. Logue, who chaired the Search Advisory Committee, and to the
members of the committee for their outstanding service,” Courant
says. “The president and I are delighted that Evan Caminker has
accepted the deanship. We are confident that he will be a passionate advocate
for the Law School and contributor to the University. His experience at
the national level will be of enormous value to the school as it expands
its research profile and continues its impressive educational and interdisciplinary