Briefing Room


Lincoln Davies chosen as the next dean of the Michael E. Moritz College of Law

April 23, 2019 | College

Lincoln L. Davies will be the 20th dean of the Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Ohio State Provost Bruce McPheron announced today. Subject to approval by the Board of Trustees, Davies’ term will commence July 1, 2019. He succeeds Dean Alan C. Michaels, who will return to the faculty after leading the college since 2008.

“This is wonderful news for our college. I’m thrilled that Lincoln will be joining our Moritz community,” Dean Michaels said. “Lincoln comes to the deanship with an outstanding record of excellence and success as an educator, scholar, administrator and lawyer. As importantly, he exudes a strong sense of commitment to our college values and a passion for our mission that wowed everyone he met here. Under Dean Davies’ leadership, the college will continue to advance its vision to be one of the nation’s great law schools, providing transformational outcomes through our teaching and research. Our faculty, staff, students, and alumni have much to look forward to,” Michaels concluded.

Davies comes to the college following 12 years of service at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, where he is currently the associate dean for academic affairs and holds the Hugh B. Brown Presidential Endowed Chair in Law. His research focuses on energy law, policy, and regulation, and his teaching includes administrative law, civil procedure, energy law, judicial process, and law, religion, and environmentalism. At Utah, he was recognized with awards for excellence in both teaching and research and has held leadership positions with responsibility for both the curriculum and faculty research. Davies also has served as a visiting professor at leading international law schools, including Seoul National University and the University of Sydney.

“I am delighted to be joining Ohio State and the Moritz Law community,” Davies said. “The Moritz College of Law is a truly special place that, under the tremendous leadership of Dean Michaels, has not only reached new heights but has become a national leader in legal education. I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, students, and alumni to help our school continue to gain in national stature, partner in more robust ways across the university and community, expand its impact on society, and deepen our pursuit of excellence.”

Davies earned his BS in natural resources and environment from the University of Michigan, where he graduated with honors and distinction and was ranked first in his class, and his JD from Stanford University, where he was a member of law review, served as editor-in-chief of the environmental law journal, and earned the Olaus & Adolph Murie Award for the most thoughtful written work in environmental law. Prior to joining the law faculty at Utah in 2007, he practiced in the Washington, D.C. office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP. In 2001, he served as a clerk to The Honorable Leonard H. Russon, Associate Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court. Davies is the co-author of three books, another that is forthcoming, and nearly 30 law review articles, essays, and peer-reviewed scholarly papers. For over a decade, he has served on the Utah Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure. Davies also has held positions as principal investigator for the Institute for Clean and Secure Energy and as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Energy Infrastructure and Siting.

Recognized internationally as an expert in energy law and policy, his research portfolio spans a broad array of energy topics, including renewables and alternative energy, utility regulation, carbon capture and sequestration, nuclear power, and regulatory and technology innovation. Davies is a leading authority on laws designed to promote renewable energy, including state renewable portfolio standards (RPSs) and feed-in tariffs (FITs). In 2013, he was awarded the McCloy Fellowship in Environmental Policy to conduct comparative research on U.S. and German renewable energy law. Davies will be coming to Columbus with his spouse, Kathy, and their children, Carter and Cambria. Their oldest, Anderson, is off to college this fall to study marine science. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, movies, sports, and spending time with his family. He has completed 17 marathons and says he is particularly excited to begin attending Buckeye football games.