Bagenstos named associate dean for research and faculty development

Samuel R. Bagenstos, J.D., professor of law, has been appointed associate dean for research and faculty development at the School of Law, effective July 1, according to Kent Syverud, dean and the Ethan A.H. Shepley University Professor at the School of Law.

Bagenstos succeeds Peter Wiedenbeck, J.D., as associate dean.

“I am grateful to Sam Bagenstos for agreeing to take up this demanding position after Peter Wiedenbeck’s very successful tenure as associate dean,” Syverud said.

“Sam is a natural intellectual and academic leader who will be helpful to all of us at the law school and in the University.”

Bagenstos joined the faculty of the School of Law in 2004.

His research focuses on civil rights and antidiscrimination law, with some emphasis on disability law and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In his new role, Bagenstos will have responsibility for promoting and enhancing the intellectual life of the law school. He will coordinate external and internal faculty workshops, as well as conferences and speakers at the law school. He will also assist untenured faculty in their scholarly development.

Bagenstos earned his juris doctorate from Harvard in 1993, where he received the Fay Diploma for highest combined average for three years of study.

He clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt on the 9th Circuit for one year and then joined the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Following three years in that position, he served as law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

He was appointed research fellow and lecturer in law for one year at Harvard and became assistant professor of law at Harvard in 2000.