New Rutgers Law School Dean Makes History Three Times As First Woman, First African American, First LGBTQ To Hold The Position


January 10, 2019

Photo: Elizabeth Robertson 

Last week, Kimberly Mutcherson made history as the first woman and first African American to be named co-dean of Rutgers–Camden Law School. She is also the first member of the LGBTQ community to be appointed to the role. 

Chancellor Phoebe Haddon shared in a statement to the Courier Post, “Kim Mutcherson is a collaborative leader who is positioned to build upon the momentum and energy of Rutgers Law. She is passionate about the value of a legal education that prepares creative thinkers who are ready to be leaders in virtually every aspect of our society.”


Mutcherson’s study of bioethics and family & health law has led her to blaze a trail in the fields of reproductive justice and determining how the law defines family. Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty in 2002, Mutcherson served as a staff attorney with the HIV Law Project (HLP) where she focused on policy work on issues concerning women, low income LGBTQ individuals, and intravenous drug users.


She also served as an assistant professor at the NYU law school where she taught legal research and writing to incoming first year law students. She joins co-dean, David Lopez, and has expressed great excitement to collaborate with him to assume her new responsibilities.

“I am thrilled to be able to continue my service to Rutgers law as co-dean,” she said. “Working with David Lopez, I know that our institution has a very bright future and will continue to provide a high quality legal education and produce lawyers who change the profession and the world for the better.”   


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