Two African Americans Selected as Leaders of Law Schools

Tamara F. Lawson has been named to the Toni Rembe Endowed Deanship of the University of Washington’s School of Law. She will begin her new duties on August 15.

Professor Lawson comes to the University of Washington from her position as dean and professor at St. Thomas University College of Law in Miami. Prior to becoming dean, she was the associate dean for academic affairs and associate dean for faculty development. She is the chair of the Law Professors Division of the National Bar Association and a board member of the Law School Admission Council. Prior to her academic career, Lawson served as deputy district attorney in Clark County, Nevada.

“I’m inspired by UW Law’s commitment to academic excellence while rooted in its core values of access to justice and public service,” Dean Lawson said. “I’m thrilled to join the law school community to partner with the exceptional faculty, staff, students, and alumni to realize our shared vision to be the best public law school measured by global impact.”

Dean Lawson is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College in California. She earned a juris doctorate from the University of San Francisco School of Law and a master’s degree in law from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.

Malik Edwards was appointed interim dean of the School of Law at North Carolina Central University in Durham. He previously served as associate dean for faculty affairs and scholarly enrichment and the John D. Fassett Professor of Law at the university.

Professor Edwards is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work explores the use of social and systemic supports to understand racial disparities and to develop remedies to address these disparities. He has taught courses on constitutional law, property, administrative law, and education law. He is the co-editor of the textbook Adolescence: Development During a Global Era (Academic Press, 2010).

Dr. Edwards received a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. He holds a juris doctorate from the New York University School of Law.

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