Life Member

Professor Rachel Fay Moran

Irvine, CA
University of California, Irvine School of Law (Retired)
Stanford University, A.B. in Psychology with Honors and with Distinction
Yale Law School, J.D.

Rachel F. Moran is Founding Faculty and Distinguished Professor of Law at UC Irvine School of Law.  Previously, she was Dean Emerita and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law and the Robert D. and Leslie-Kay Raven Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law.  Professor Moran has written over 100 articles, book chapters, and short commentaries exploring such topics as bilingual education, desegregation, and affirmative action.  In addition, she is co-author of one of the most widely adopted casebooks in the field, Educational Policy and the Law (Cengage 2011) (with Mark Yudof, Betsy Levin, James Ryan, and Kristi Bowman).  Professor Moran also has published widely on questions of race and the law.  Her work includes two highly regarded books on the subject:  Interracial Intimacy: The Regulation of Race and Romance (Chicago 2001), and Race Law Stories (Foundation Press 2008) (with Devon Carbado).  


In 2015, Professor Moran became the inaugural William H. Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity and Law at the American Bar Foundation (ABF).  In that role, she launched a research project on “The Future of Latinos in the United States: Law, Opportunity, and Mobility” with Robert Nelson, the ABF’s Director Emeritus.  Recently, Moran has published several articles based on this work: Moran, “Diversity’s Distractions Revisited: The Case of Latinx in Higher Education,” 73 South Carolina Law Review 579 (2022); Moran, “The Pocketbook Next Time: From Civil Rights to Market Power in the Latinx Community,” 71 American University Law Review 579 (2021); “Citizenship, Personhood, and the Constitution in 2020,” Harvard Law & Policy Review (2020); and “Dreamers Interrupted: The Case of the Rescission of the Program of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” 53 UC Davis Law Review 1905 (2020).

Professor Moran is highly active in the legal and educational community. In September 2011, President Barack Obama appointed her to serve on the Permanent Committee for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise. She was President of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in 2009 and previously was a member of the AALS Executive Committee. In May 2014, American Bar Association (ABA) President James Silkenat selected her to serve on the ABA Task Force on the Financing of Legal Education. Moran has sat on the Standing Committee of the ABA Division of Public Education and served as a Senator of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. In 2019, she was a Distinguished Lecturer for the Hagler Institute for Advanced Studies, and in 2020, the Institute selected her as a Fellow.  In addition, Moran is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the American Law Institute, and a Fellow of UCLA’s Civil Rights Project/Proyecto de Derechos Civiles.  From 1993 to 1996 Moran served as Chair of the Chicano/Latino Policy Project (now the Center for Latino Policy Research) at UC Berkeley’s Institute for the Study of Social Change, and in 2003, she became Director of the Institute. In 1995, she received the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award.

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Areas of Expertise
Tort Law
Civil Rights (Constitutional Law)
Education Law