Lolita Buckner Inniss Will Be the Next Dean of the University of Colorado School of Law

Lolita Buckner Inniss was appointed dean of the University of Colorado School of Law. All four finalists for dean of the law school were women. Professor Inniss will begin her role at the law school on May 1 as a visiting professor. She will become dean on July 1

Dr. Innis has been serving as senior associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law, University Distinguished Professor, and the inaugural Robert G. Storey Distinguished Faculty Fellow at the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She is the author of The Princeton Fugitive Slave: The Trials of James Collins Johnson (Fordham University Press, 2020).

“I am both honored and delighted to be named the next dean of Colorado Law,” Professor Inniss said. “This is a marvelous opportunity to make further contributions to the study of law working with CU Boulder students, faculty, and staff, and to help lead a dynamic and nationally recognized law school into a bold new future.”

Professor Inniss received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, where she majored in romance languages and literature. She earned her law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was an editor of the National Black Law Journal. She also holds a master of law degree and a Ph.D. in law from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Canada.


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