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National Jurist magazine named Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California-Irvine School of Law, as the most influential person in legal education in the U.S. in 2016.
The list recognized leaders shaping the future of law schools, according to the magazine. The 25 honored pushed for more practical training, lowered student debt and improved the employment numbers of graduates, the magazine said.
Chemerinsky is the founding dean, Distinguished Professor of Law and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law at UCI, with a joint appointment in Political Science.
He is the author of ten books and plans on having another book published later this year, “Free Speech on Campus,” in collaboration with UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman. Chemerinsky has also authored more than 200 law review articles.
He holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.
He was recognized in the same capacity by National Jurist on its 2013 list.