Rutgers Law School getting new co-dean in Newark

A former general counsel for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has been chosen as the next co-dean of Rutgers Law School, the university announced Monday.

Rutgers University-Newark’s chancellor, Nancy Cantor, is nominating David Lopez to the post, pending an approval in June from the board of governors.

Lopez is currently leader of the employment law firm Outten & Golden’s Washington, D.C., office. He spent six years at the EEOC, through December 2016, serving former President Barack Obama’s administration as the lead lawyer for the administrative agency tasked with enforcing federal employment antidiscrimination laws.

If approved by the board, Lopez would serve as co-dean of the law school based in Newark, with Michael Cahill continuing to serve as co-dean based in Camden. He would start in the position in mid-August, in time for the upcoming academic year.

The current co-dean, Ronald Chen, will return to work as a full-time law professor after five years in the leadership post.