Evan H. Caminker, who was named dean of the Law School in 2003, writes, teaches, and litigates about various issues of American constitutional law. His scholarship and professional activities focus on matters concerning individual rights, federalism, and the nature of judicial decision making. Professor Caminker came to Michigan from the UCLA Law School, where he was a faculty member from 1991 to 1999. Caminker received his B.A. in political economy and environmental studies, summa cum laude, from the University of California at Los Angeles, and his J.D. from the Yale Law School. He clerked for Justice William Brennan at the Supreme Court and for Judge William Norris of 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.
As an undergraduate student, Professor Caminker earned the Outstanding Senior Award, the Phi Beta Kappa Top Junior at UCLA Award, and two national championship school debate awards. In law school, he was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and a Coker Fellow, and he was awarded the Benjamin Scharps Prize for Excellence in Legal Writing.
A gifted classroom teacher, Professor Caminker has received the ACLU Distinguished Professors Award for Civil Liberties Education. He has taught in the fields of constitutional law, civil procedure, and federal courts, and he has lectured widely before various professional, scholarly, and student audiences. He has published articles in the Michigan Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Columbia Law Review, Stanford Law Review, and the Supreme Court Review. His most recent work includes an inquiry into the nature of voting on multi-member courts. From May 2000 through January 2001, Professor Caminker served as deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice.