From the Provost — April 23, 2019

Davies named next dean of Moritz College of Law

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share that Lincoln L. Davies has accepted my offer to serve as dean of the Michael E. Moritz College of Law.  Subject to Board of Trustees approval, his appointment will be effective July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2024.

Lincoln will join Ohio State from the University of Utah, where he is currently the associate dean for academic affairs in the S.J. Quinney College of Law and the Hugh B. Brown Presidential Endowed Chair in Law.

His research focuses on energy law and policy, including renewables and alternative energy, utility regulation, carbon capture and sequestration, nuclear power, and technology innovation. He is an internationally recognized authority on laws promoting renewable energy, including state renewable portfolio standards. His published work includes three books, another in progress, and numerous peer-reviewed and other scholarly journal articles, as well as government reports.

Since joining the University of Utah in 2007, he has taught courses in administrative law, civil procedure, energy law, and environmental justice, among others, and was awarded the McCloy Fellowship in Environmental Policy to conduct comparative research on renewable energy policy in the United States and Germany. He has served as a visiting professor at several prestigious international universities.

His professional service includes the American Bar Association’s section on legal education and admissions to the bar and its section of environment, energy, and resources.

At the University of Michigan, he earned a BS with honors and distinction in natural resources and environment and ranked first in his graduating class.  He earned a JD from Stanford University, where he was a member of the law review and served as editor-in-chief for the school’s environmental law journal.

Please join me in welcoming Lincoln to the Moritz College and to The Ohio State University community. I look forward to working with him as we continue the college’s ambitious agenda.

Many thanks to Dean Alan C. Michaels, who is returning to full-time teaching and scholarship. Since 2008, with inspired creativity under Alan’s leadership, the Moritz College of Law has been a national exemplar of the path forward for legal education and will continue to advance as one of our nation’s great public law schools.


Bruce A. McPheron, PhD
Executive Vice President and Provost