Den Kaufman

In May, “Badges & Incidents: A Transdisciplinary History of the Right to Education in America,” a book by Santa Clara Law Dean Michael Kaufman, was issued in paperback by Cambridge University Press. The Winner of the 2020 Choice Outstanding Academic Title when it was released in hardcover, Kaufman’s book received many positive reviews. “Kaufman’s extensive quotations from philosophical and historical sources are this slim volume’s central strength,” wrote J. H. O’Donnell III, from Choice, a publishing unit of the Association of College and Research Libraries, which is a division of the American Library Association. “These foundational groundings in educational theory and philosophy qualify Badges and Incidents as a sine qua non for graduate classes in U.S. educational history. General readers interested in the history of civil rights will also find this text appealing.”

The dean of Santa Clara Law since July 2021, Michael J. Kaufman is a nationally renowned educator, scholar, and expert on civil procedure and education law. Kaufman joined Santa Clara Law after serving for 35 years at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, including 11 years as associate dean for academic affairs, five years as dean, as well as other key roles such as Loyola University Chicago’s acting provost and chief academic officer. Kaufman is an award-winning teacher, public servant, beloved teacher, and distinguished scholar who has published more than 30 books and numerous law review articles in three key areas: education law, equity, policy, and pedagogy; securities regulation and litigation; and civil procedure and dispute resolution. He also teaches courses and workshops on the application of design thinking to complex legal issues and organizational growth. Kaufman graduated from Kenyon College magna cum laude and earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where he won the Law School’s American Judicature Society Award. After law school, Kaufman clerked for the Honorable Nathanial R. Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and then he practiced securities and civil rights litigation in one of the world’s largest law firms.

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