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Professor Melinda Molina Named Associate Dean

9/11/2017  -  Capital University Law School is pleased to announce that Professor Melinda S. Molina has been named Associate Dean of the Law School for Academic Affairs.

Dean Molina, the newest member of the Law School faculty, joined Capital in 2010, after completing a fellowship at the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development at St. John’s University School of Law. Before joining academia, she was an associate in the New York office of Sullivan and Cromwell LLP.

At Capital, she taught a variety of courses, including Torts, a White Collar Crime Seminar, a White Collar Crime Practicum Course, Legal Drafting, and Professional Responsibility. She has also worked closely to assist students at Capital, having served for the last two years as Director of the Academic Success Program. In addition, Dean Molina is the faculty advisor to the Hispanic Law Students Association.

Outside the Law School, Dean Molina has been active in the local bar. She successfully established a lawyer-to-student mentoring program for the local chapter of the Hispanic National Bar Association. She has also been an active member of the Columbus Bar Association’s Managing Partner Diversity Initiative’s Advisory Committee.

In her scholarship, Dean Molina has examined how the intersectionality of gender, race, and ethnicity affect the presence, experience and career advancement of Latina lawyers . She co-authored two national studies on Latina lawyers. The studies are the first of its kind to provide both qualitative and quantitative data on the experiences and status of Latinas in the legal profession, on a national level and across all major legal sectors, providing both a demographic and professional profile of more than 800 Latina attorneys. Dean Molina has also authored articles on the importance of mentoring for law students and lawyers.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Dean Molina earned her B.S. at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and her J.D. at Rutgers University College of Law.

“I am certain that the understanding of our students Dean Molina has gained through her work with them inside and outside of the classroom as well as her administrative experience will allow her to provide strong service and academic leadership,” said Law School Dean Rachel M. Janutis, in announcing Dean Molina’s appointment.
“It is an honor to be named associate dean,” said Dean Molina. “I am looking forward to my new role here at Capital and to working closely with the students, faculty and administration.”

Dean Molina will begin transitioning into the role of Associate Dean immediately, and assume the post full-time beginning in January 2018.