Onwuachi-Willig honored with prestigious AALS award

Angela Onwuachi-Willig
November 17, 2014

Angela Onwuachi-Willig is the recipient of the 2014 Clyde Ferguson Award, a prestigious honor given by the Minority Groups section of the Association of American Law Schools. The Ferguson Award, the highest honor given to senior faculty members, is granted to an outstanding law teacher, who in the
course of his or her career has achieved excellence in the areas of public service, teaching and scholarship.  The award honors Clyde Ferguson Jr., the second tenured African American on the Harvard Law School faculty.

In addition to the Ferguson Award, Onwuachi-Willig is a 2006 recipient of the Derrick A. Bell Award, which honors junior faculty members who, “through activism, mentoring, colleagueship, teaching and scholarship, has made an extraordinary contribution to legal education, the legal system or social justice.”  Onwuachi-Willig is co-recipient of the Ferguson Award with Mario Barnes, University of California, Irvine School of Law, who is also a Bell Award winner. This year’s joint award to Onwuachi-Willig and Barnes   distinguishes them as the first faculty members to have received both the Derrick A. Bell, Jr. Award (for junior faculty) and the Clyde Ferguson, Jr. Award. Onwuachi-Willig will receive the award with co-recipient Mario Barnes  on Monday, January 5, 2015, at the AALS Meeting in Washington, D.C.
 
Angela Onwuachi-Willig is a Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School and the Charles and Marion J. Kierscht Professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law. Her research and teaching interests focus on family law, employment discrimination, evidence, critical race theory, and family responsibilities discrimination.

She is a PhD candidate in the departments of Sociology and African American Studies.