Kimberly Mutcherson Is the First African-American Law Dean at Rutgers University in New Jersey

Kimberly Mutcherson has been named co-dean of the Rutgers Law School in Camden. Her appointment makes her the first woman, the first African American, and the first LGBT law dean at Rutgers University.

Professor Mutcherson first joined Rutgers in 2002 as an assistant professor. She was promoted to associate professor in 2005 and to professor in 2013. In 2015, she became vice dean of the law school. In addition to her career at Rutgers, Professor Mutcherson has served as a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics, as a senior fellow at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School, as a consulting attorney with the Center for Reproductive Rights, and as a fellow and staff attorney with the HIV Law Project.

Professor Mutcherson’s research and academic interests focus on reproductive justice, specifically, assisted reproduction and its relationship to how the law understands and constructs the meaning of family, maternal-fetal decision-making, and healthcare decisions for minors. She is the co-author of the forthcoming book Assisted Reproductive Justice (University of California Press) and the editor of the book Rewriting Reproductive Justice: Feminist Judgments and Reproductive Justice (Cambridge University Press).

Professor Mutcherson holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania and a juris doctorate from Columbia Law School.


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