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Rutgers Law School welcomes first openly LGBTI dean

Rutgers Law School welcomes first openly LGBTI dean

Rutgers Law School dean

The Rutgers Law School has welcomed Kimberly Mutcherson, who will begin her tenure as the school’s first openly LGBTI dean.

Mutcherson, who is also the school’s first female and African-American dean, will serve as co-dean of the Rutgers Law School in Camden.

Described as a ‘noted bioethics and health law scholar and higher education leader’ by school administrators, Mutcherson officially took the position on Tuesday (1 January).

‘I am thrilled to be able to continue my service to Rutgers Law as co-dean,’ Mutcherson said of her appointment.

‘Working with David Lopez, I know that our institution has a very bright future and will continue to provide high-quality legal education and produce lawyers who change the profession and the world for the better.’

Rutgers University–Camden Chancellor Phoebe Haddon praised Mutcherson as a ‘proven and capable administrator with an energetic vision of the role of the law in building careers, advancing research and serving communities,’ Patch reports.

With Rutgers since 2002

Mutcherson had been serving as vice dean in 2015, after becoming a professor at Rutgers University–Camden in 2013.

She joined Rutgers University in Camden as an assistant professor in 2002 and was promoted to associate professor in 2005.

Mutcherson teaches ‘Bioethics, Babies and Babymaking, Family Law, South African Constitutional Law, and Torts, among other courses,’ according to her Rutgers University résumé.

‘She spearheaded an effort to increase the availability of academic support for Rutgers Law students and has served as a member of the Loan Repayment Assistance Program Advisory Board and as faculty advisor for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender student organization (OUTLaws) and Black Law Students Association,’ her résumé also says.

Prior to joining Rutgers Law School, Mutcherson worked as a consulting attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights, and as a staff attorney for the HIV Law Project.

In the past Rutgers University has provided studies into the LGBTI community, which included a 2017 study which found that gay fathers were more likely to be involved in their children’s upbringing.