Mutcherson continues to break barriers: Named co-dean of Rutgers-Camden law school

Kimberly Mutcherson was named co-dean of the Rutgers-Camden law school, becoming the first woman, the first African-American and the first LGBT law dean at Rutgers, the school announced Wednesday.

Mutcherson, a noted bioethics and health law scholar, most recently served as vice dean.

“Kim Mutcherson is a collaborative leader who is positioned to build upon the momentum and energy of Rutgers Law,” Rutgers University–Camden Chancellor Phoebe A. Haddon said in a statement. “She is passionate about the value of a legal education that prepares creative thinkers who are ready to be leaders in virtually every aspect of our society. She sees with clarity the role of the law in protecting individual rights.

“Under co-Dean Mutcherson’s leadership, Rutgers Law in Camden will expand its focus on providing equal access to opportunity for our students and for the citizens of New Jersey, the Delaware Valley and the nation.”

Mutcherson, who will work with co-Dean David Lopez at Rutgers-Newark, said she was honored by the announcement.

“I am thrilled to be able to continue my service to Rutgers Law as co-dean,” she said in a statement. “Working with David Lopez, I know that our institution has a very bright future and will continue to provide a high-quality legal education and produce lawyers who change the profession and the world for the better.”

Mutcherson joined Rutgers-Camden as an assistant professor in 2002. She teaches bioethics, babies and babymaking, family law, South African constitutional law and torts.

Mutcherson earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994. She earned her juris doctor from Columbia Law School in 1997.

Mutcherson succeeds Michael Cahill, who recently was named dean and president of Brooklyn Law School.