Evan H. Caminker completed a 10-year term as dean of the Law School in August 2013. During his tenure he helped design and oversee a significant expansion and renovation of the School's historic facilities, emphasized and shaped a curricular and co-curricular focus on skills-based and experiential learning, and helped nurture the unique culture at Michigan Law that creates a vibrant and collegial student-faculty community.
Prior to his deanship, Prof. Caminker wrote, taught, and litigated about various issues of American constitutional law. His scholarship and professional activities have focused on matters concerning individual rights, federalism, and the nature of judicial decision-making. He has taught in the fields of constitutional law, civil procedure, and federal courts, and has lectured widely before various professional, scholarly, and student audiences.
Prof. Caminker came to Michigan from the UCLA School of Law, where he was a faculty member from 1991 to 1999. Prof. Caminker received his BA in political economy and environmental studies, summa cum laude, from the University of California at Los Angeles, and his JD from Yale Law School. He clerked for Justice William Brennan, Jr., at the U.S. Supreme Court and for Judge William Norris on the Ninth Circuit. Prof. Caminker also practiced law with the Center for Law in the Public Interest in Los Angeles and with Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. From May 2000 through January 2001, Prof. Caminker served as deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice.
For the 2013-2014 academic year, Prof. Caminker will be a visiting professor at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya in Israel.