Yuracko Named Dean Of Northwestern Law

Kimberly Yuracko, a professor at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, will be the law school’s new dean effective Sept. 1. 

Yuracko will succeed Daniel Rodriguez, who announced his intentions to step away from the deanship last year. Yuracko has been with the Northwestern Law school faculty since 2002 and served as the associate dean for academic affairs for faculty and research from 2009 to 2010. In addition, Yuracko holds a joint appointment in the political science department in Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

“Northwestern Law is rich with brilliance, energy, collaboration and kindness. This is an extraordinary community, and I am honored to serve as the next dean,” Yuracko said.

While at Northwestern, Yuracko garnered a national reputation for her scholarship in employment law, antidiscrimination law and gender equality. She has two books to her name, as well as numerous articles published in legal journals. In addition, Yuracko was awarded several awards and accolades for her work in the classroom.

“Her talents as a legal scholar focusing on antidiscrimination law in employment and gender equity in education are well suited for leading our great law school, and she has excelled in a number of administrative roles at Northwestern Law,” said Northwestern Provost Jonathan Holloway. 

Yuracko earned a bachelor’s degree with distinction in political science and feminist studies, a Ph.D. in political science and a law degree, all from Stanford University. She went on to clerk for the Honorable Gary L. Taylor, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and later for the Honorable Stanley Marcus, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Miami. 

“I am pleased that my colleague Kim Yuracko has been appointed as Northwestern Law’s next dean,” said Dean Rodriguez. “Her long experience at Northwestern will serve her well. I wish Kim the very best and will look forward to working with her as a colleague in helping her and her team to take Northwestern Law to even greater heights.”