Angela Onwuachi-Willig joins Common Cause National Governing Board

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  • Dale Eisman

Lawyer and legal scholar Angela Onwuachi-Willig has joined Common Cause’s National Governing Board.

The Charles and Marion Kierscht Professor of Law at the University of Iowa, Ms. Onwuachi-Willig is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Grinnell College and received her J.D. from the University of Michigan School of Law, where she was a Clarence Darrow scholar. In December, the National Law Journal named her one of America’s top young legal professionals and placed her on its “Minority 40 under 40” list.

“Angela has established herself as an outstanding lawyer, scholar and teacher, with a fierce commitment to ensuring that our system of justice serves every American. We’re excited to add her energy and intellect to our national board,” said Bob Edgar, president and CEO of Common Cause.

In 2006, the Minority Groups Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) honored Professor Onwuachi-Willig with its Derrick A. Bell Award, given to a junior faculty member who has made an extraordinary contribution to legal education, the legal system, or social justice.

Ms. Onwuachi-Willig’s legal specialties include employment discrimination, family law and race and the law. She has had articles published in prestigious law journals, including the Michigan Law Review, California Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Vanderbilt Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, and Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Her most recent scholarly project is a book entitled “According to Our Hearts: Rhinelander v. Rhinelander and the Law of the Multiracial Family.”