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Daniel P. Tokaji has been named the next dean of the University of Wisconsin Law School. He has been a professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law since 2003, serving as associate dean for faculty since 2018. Before arriving at Ohio State, he was a civil rights lawyer in California for eight years.

Tokaji is currently the Charles W. Ebersold and Florence Williams Ebersold Professor of Constitutional Law at Ohio State.  His scholarship focuses primarily on the field of election law, addressing questions of voting rights, racial justice, free speech, and democratic inclusion. As dean, Tokaji hopes to capitalize on the Law School's excellence in multidisciplinary scholarship and experiential education, while furthering the university's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Tokaji traces his interest in the University of Wisconsin Law School back to a visit 18 years ago. A practicing lawyer at the time, he was invited to present a draft paper at a law school faculty workshop. He remembers visiting the campus and how warmly he was received by the faculty, staff, and students.

A graduate of Harvard College and the Yale Law School, Tokaji clerked for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Tim McFeeley led this search with Jeff Kessner.


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