Angela Onwuachi-Willig | University of Iowa College of Law

The National Law Journal


After voters ousted three Iowa Supreme Court justices who ruled unanimously to legalize same-sex marriage, the State Judicial Nominating Commission in January offered up nine replacement candidates. Among them was University of Iowa law professor Angela Onwuachi-Willig, who stood out among her fellow nominees as the only woman, the only minority, the only academic and the only one younger than 45 — she is 38. She was also the only person on the list with an extensive catalogue of scholarly writing on racial and gender equality.

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