Howard Law Appoints New Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Howard Law Prof. Mariela Olivares has been appointed the law school’s new Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, effective July 1, 2019.

Olivares joined the Howard University School of Law faculty in the fall of 2011. She is regarded as an outstanding teacher, and currently teaches Torts, Family Law, Immigration Law, and Domestic Violence Law. Since 2015, Olivares has also served as the director of the Family Law Certificate Program. She is a nationally recognized scholar in the area of immigration law. Her work has been published in many top law reviews, including the Harvard Latino Law Review and the Missouri Law Review. Olivares also currently serves in a leadership role for the American Association of Law Schools as the Chair of the Section on Minority Groups.

Prior to law teaching, Olivares was an attorney in the areas of family law and domestic violence law and has experience litigating employment discrimination and director and officer insurance liability cases. Olivares clerked on the Supreme Court of Texas. She received her LL.M. in Advocacy with Distinction from Georgetown Law and graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was a Clarence Darrow Scholar and an Executive Editor of the Michigan Law Review. Olivares graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas-Austin with highest honors and special honors with degrees in Plan II Honors and Spanish Literature.

Olivares will succeed Associate Dean Lisa Crooms-Robinson. Dean Crooms-Robinson has served on the Howard Law faculty for twenty-five years, and has served with distinction as the law school’s Associate Dean of Academic Affairs since 2012. During her tenure, she has expertly stewarded the law school’s academic program with a focus on improving bar passage rates, building curricular strength in core areas, and championing the law school faculty’s scholarly endeavors. One of the most important achievements of her deanship was conceiving and planning a symposium tribute to Dr. Pauli Murray in the fall of 2017. After leaving her associate deanship, Crooms-Robinson will be on teaching leave and sabbatical for AY 2019-2020, and will then return full time to the Howard Law faculty.

Over the next three months, Crooms-Robinson and Olivares will work together to ensure a smooth transition in the Office of Academic Affairs.