Evan H. Caminker, the Branch Rickey Collegiate Professor of Law, served as dean of the Law School from 2003 to 2013. During his tenure he helped design and oversee a significant expansion and renovation of the Law 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. He recently spent a year serving as a special assistant U.S. attorney for the Detroit office, where he specialized in appellate litigation. Prior to his deanship, Professor Caminker wrote and taught about and litigated various issues of American constitutional law. His scholarship and professional activities focused on matters concerning individual rights, federalism, and the nature of judicial decision-making. He has taught in the fields of appellate advocacy, constitutional law, civil procedure, and federal courts, and has lectured widely before various professional, scholarly, and student audiences. Professor Caminker came to Michigan from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, where he was a faculty member from 1991 to 1999. He received his BA in political economy and environmental studies,
summa cum laude, from UCLA and his JD from Yale Law School. He clerked for Justice William Brennan Jr. on the U.S. Supreme Court and for the Hon. William Norris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor 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, he served as deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice.
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