Evan H. Caminker

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Evan Caminker
Born (1961-06-26) June 26, 1961 (age 55)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality United States
Fields Constitutional law
Institutions University of Michigan Law School
Alma mater UCLA
Yale Law School

Evan H. Caminker (born June 26, 1961, Los Angeles, California) is a Dean Emeritus of the University of Michigan Law School.[1] As Dean, he succeeded Jeffrey S. Lehman, who resigned to become president of Cornell University. Caminker was appointed Dean just as the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling upholding the constitutionality of the Law School's affirmative action admissions policies, which had been challenged in a lawsuit filed by the Center for Individual Rights.

Caminker earned a B.A. in political economy and environmental studies, summa cum laude, from the University of California-Los Angeles, and his law degree from Yale Law School, where he was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal. He clerked for Judge William A. Norris of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Justice William Brennan of the United States Supreme Court.[1]

Prior to coming to the University of Michigan, Caminker was a faculty member at the UCLA School of Law. He has practiced law with the Center for Law in the Public Interest in Los Angeles, and as a deputy assistant attorney general in the United States Department of Justice. As a scholar, his research is focused on constitutional law and the nature of judicial decision making. Caminker describes his background in his early years as "a born-and-raised, beach volleyball-playing, suntan-searching Los Angelino."


  1. ^ a b Henderson, Stephen (11 September 2005). "Roberts would likely temper views". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 

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