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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Washburn first American Indian UNM Law dean

New Mexico Business Weekly

Kevin Washburn has been selected to lead the University of New Mexico School of Law as its newest dean and full professor of law.

An enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, Washburn is the first American Indian to serve as the dean of UNMís School of Law. He started his law education at UNM at the American Indian Law Centerís summer program and later taught Indian law issues at the School of Law as an adjunct professor.

Washburn currently serves as the Rosenstiel Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Arizonaís James E. Rogers College of Law. A widely published scholar, he previously taught law at Harvard and the University of Minnesota. Prior to entering academia, Washburn was a federal prosecutor in New Mexico and later served as the general counsel of the National Indian Gaming Commission, an independent federal regulatory agency in Washington, D.C.

Washburn earned his law degree from Yale Law School in 1993, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Yale Journal on Regulation.

Washburn will begin his tenure at UNM on June 30.