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UC College of Law assistant dean elected to national board for legal professionals

Staci Rucker, assistant dean for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Diversity at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, has been elected to serve as the Midwest Regional Representative for the National Association of Law Student Affairs Professionals (NALSAP). NALSAP provides leadership, professional development and student affairs resources to professionals in law student support roles.  

“It is truly an honor for my law student affairs colleagues to elect me to serve in this capacity,” said Dean Rucker. “I look forward to working with the Board to further NALSAP’s mission and to representing the interests of law student affairs professionals in the Midwest region.”

Rucker is an experienced leader in higher education. She serves as the content curator for the Diversity and Inclusion section of the online NALSAP Toolkit. Additionally, she is the immediate past chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Academic Support.

Prior to joining the College of Law — where she is responsible for the administration of student services and the hands-on management of student issues — Rucker was assistant dean for student affairs at the University of Dayton School of Law. In that role, Rucker was the visionary behind the development of Dayton Law’s learning communities, dean’s fellows and academic advising programs.

A summa cum laude graduate of Howard University and a graduate of Harvard Law School, Rucker began her career as an attorney at law firms in Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, GA. She then joined the ranks of academia and administration, serving as interim director of Academic Support at North Carolina Central University School of Law, where she also taught legal writing courses. Later, she clerked for the Honorable James A. Wynn, Jr., formerly on the North Carolina Court of Appeals and now on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, before taking up her position at Dayton Law School.