Kim named associate dean at law school

Kent Syverud, J.D., dean and the Ethan A.H. Shepley University Professor at the School of Law, has named Pauline Kim, J.D., professor of law, associate dean for research and faculty development at the law school.

Kim succeeds Samuel Bagenstos, J.D., as associate dean.


“Pauline Kim has played an integral role in growing the academic and intellectual community at Washington University Law,” Syverud said. “She is the right leader to take on this challenging position.”

Kim joined the faculty of the School of Law in 1994. She recently served as the law school’s inaugural John S. Lehmann Research Professor.

In her new role, Kim will promote and enhance the intellectual life of the law school. She will coordinate conferences and speakers at the law school as well as external and internal faculty workshops. Kim also will assist untenured faculty in their scholarly development.

Kim’s scholarship focuses on employment law, workplace privacy, litigation and courts, and judicial decision-making.

She earned her juris doctorate from Harvard University in 1988, magna cum laude.

Kim clerked for the Honorable Cecil F. Poole on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Following her clerkship, she was the Felix Velarde-Munoz Fellow and later a staff attorney at the Employment Law Center/Legal Aid Society of San Francisco, where she litigated cases involving race, sex and disability discrimination, racial and sexual harassment, and unlawful working conditions.

At the law school, Kim co-founded the Workshop on Empirical Research in the Law, an interdisciplinary faculty workshop at the University, and is affiliated with the Center for Empirical Research in the Law and the Civil Rights Clearinghouse.