Scholars, Legal Professionals and Students React to Song Richardson Being Named Interim Dean


“UCI Law has exceeded everyone’s wildest expectations and its commitment to public service, the enormous impact its young alumni are already having in the legal industry and its extraordinary culture of faculty and students will continue to thrive and impress in the years to come.”

- Hon. Andrew J. Guilford, U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California 

“Song is one of the leading scholars in criminal procedure; some of her scholarship is simply groundbreaking. And she brings to the scholarship a practitioner’s eye, having been engaged with police departments and police reform in meaningful ways.”

- Barry Friedman, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Professor of Law and Affiliated Professor of Politics, NYU Law

“Song Richardson will make an outstanding interim dean.  She is a visionary and prolific scholar and a terrific teacher whose deep knowledge of legal education, profound relationship to alumni, and commitment to public education will serve the law school well.”

    - Devon W. Carbado, Associate Vice Chancellor of BruinX for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
The Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law, UCLA

“Under Erwin’s leadership, a solid foundation for our great law school has been built. The quality of the faculty, staff, students and now alumni are first-rate in all respects. The law school is serving the needs of our community exactly as planned and the future is very bright. We will forever be indebted to Erwin for his dedication and hard work. Song Richardson will be a great leader during this transition period.”

Gary Singer, Esq., UCI Law Dean’s Executive Board, UCI ’74

“Dean Chemerinsky is fiercely loved by all of us at UCI Law, but I cannot think of anyone better to lead our school through this transition than L. Song Richardson.”

- Laura Lively, UCI Law ’17

“I am so excited to hear that Professor Richardson will be stepping in as the interim dean and I am confident she will continue Dean Chemerinsky’s legacy at UCI. Professor Richardson has always been a monumental part of this community and continues to foster meaningful discussion in and out of the classroom. We are all very honored to have yet another brilliant, inspiring, and compassionate dean who is personally invested in the success of not only this law school, but also the success of every student here.”

  - Star Leal, UCI Law 3L