Professor Angela P. Harris, one of the nation’s foremost scholars in the fields of critical race theory, feminist legal theory and civil rights, was named Boochever and Bird chair in 2015 for the study. and the teaching of liberty and equality at UC Davis School of Law. Harris, who began teaching at UC Berkeley Law School in 1988, joined King Hall School in 2011. She has also served as a Visiting Professor at Stanford, Yale and Georgetown Law Schools, and was vice-dean of research and of the faculty. Development at the State University of New York – University at Buffalo School of Law in 2010-11. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, where she also obtained her JD. After graduating from law school, she worked for Judge Joel M. Flaum at the Seventh Court of Appeal, then practiced with Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco.
The Boochever and Bird Chair was established with funding from Charlie ’73 and Charlotte Bird to support faculty research committed to preserving and extending the virtues of freedom and equality. The President was named in honor of the Honorable Robert Boochever of the Alaska Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, as well as Elizabeth J. Bird and Donald G. Bird. As President Boochever and Bird, Professor Harris will have access to an endowment that will support her research, teaching and service efforts.