Anthony E. Varona

Dean and M. Minnette Massey Professor of Law

LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center
J.D., Boston College Law School
A.B., Boston College

Dean Varona
Phone: (305) 284-2394
Office: C224

Anthony E. Varona is the University of Miami School of Law’s twelfth dean and the M. Minnette Massey Professor of Law. Previously, he was professor of law and former vice-dean and associate dean for faculty and academic affairs at American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL). Before his 14 years at AUWCL, Dean Varona was an associate professor at Pace University School of Law in New York and adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center. He has taught courses in Contracts, Administrative and Public Law, Media Law, Sexuality and Gender Law, Intellectual Property, and Criminal Law.

Dean Varona has written extensively in the areas of media and sexuality law, and has published solo and co-authored pieces with notable law reviews/journals, including those associated with American, Stanford, Columbia, Georgetown and Seattle Universities, NYU, the College of William & Mary, and the Universities of Michigan and Minnesota. He is a co-author of the second and third editions of the casebook Administrative Law: A Contemporary Approach, published by West, has served as a Huffington Post contributor, and has appeared in national and regional media outlets as a commentator.

Dean Varona is a former co-editor of the AALS Journal of Legal Education, a member of the Executive Board of the AALS Section on Teaching Methods, and has served on the AALS Associate Deans Section’s Planning and Nominations Committee. In addition, he serves on the national board of directors for Stonewall National Museum and Archives (SNMA), for which he co-founded and for its first year co-chaired the SNMA National Advisory Council. He has served on the national boards of GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and the Alliance for Justice, and has been a member of the District of Columbia Bar’s Global Legal Practice Task Force.

Before entering full-time teaching, Dean Varona was General Counsel and Legal Director of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization. In 2001-02, Dean Varona served as a Harvard Law School Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow. Earlier in his career, Professor Varona was an associate at Skadden Arps and Mintz Levin and an honors program enforcement attorney at the Federal Communications Commission.

A celebrated scholar and teacher, Dean Varona shared the 2018 Egon Guttman Casebook Award, an AUWCL Faculty Scholarship Award that “recognizes outstanding scholarship in the form of casebooks and treatises,” with Professors Andrew Popper and Mark Niles. He won the 2014 American University Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching in a Full-Time Tenure-line Appointment and in 2011 shared an AUWCL Teaching Award for Innovation in Pedagogy. In 2007-2008, Dean Varona was named AUWCL Teacher of the Year. And in 2009, he was presented with the Hugh A. Johnson, Jr., Memorial Award by the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia, an honor recognizing “unwavering commitment and achievement [in] public service and dedication to the principles of equality, cultural respect, and social justice."

Lawyers of Color Magazine named Dean Varona to its 2020 Power List, and in 2014 the magazine named him to its “50 Under 50 List.” In 2018-2019 Dean Varona chaired the Host/Planning Committee for the Fourth National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, thought to be the largest gathering of legal scholars of color in history. 


Afterword What's Next: Into a Third Decade of LatCrit Theory, Community, and Praxis, with Steven Bender, Francisco Valdes, Shelley Cavalieri, Jasmine Gonzalez Rose, Saru Matambanadzo, Roberto Corrada, Jorge Roig, Tayyab Mahmud, Zsea Bowmani, 9 U. Miami Race & Soc. Just. L. Rev. 141 (2019).

From the Editors, with Camille Nelson, 68 J. Legal Educ. 191 (2018).

Afterword What's Next: Into a Third Decade of LatCrit Theory, Community, and Praxis, with Steven Bender, Francisco Valdes, Shelley Cavalieri, Jasmine Gonzalez Rose, Saru Matambanadzo, Roberto Corrada, Jorge Roig, Tayyab Mahmud, Zsea Bowmani, 16 Seattle J. Soc. Just. 823 (2018).

Administrative Law: A Contemporary Approach, 3rd ed., West Academic Publishing , (2016).

Latino/a Political, Community and Social Organizing, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in Contemporary Politics, Law, and Social Movements (2015).

Administrative Law: A Contemporary Approach, 2nd ed., West Academic Publishing , (2010).

Taking Initiatives: Reconciling Race, Religion, Media and Democracy in the Quest for Marriage Equality, 19 Colum. J. Gender & L. 805 (2010).

Outsiders Inside the Beltway: LatCrit XIV, 18 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Pol'y & L. 367 (2010).

Toward a Broadband Public Interest Standard, 61 Admin. L. Rev. 1 (2009).

Out of Thin Air: Using First Amendment Public Forum Analysis to Redeem American Broadcasting Regulation, 39 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 149 (2006).

Changing Channels and Bridging Divides: The Failure and Redemption of American Broadcast Television Regulation, 6 Minn. J.L. Sci. & Tech. 1 (2004).

Anchoring Justice: The Constitutionality of the Local Law Enforcement Act in United States v. Morrison's Shifting Seas, with Kevin Layton, 12 Stan. L. & Pol'y Rev. 9 (2001).

Politics, Pragmatism and the Courts, 2 Geo. J. Gender & L. 155 (2001).

En/Gendering Equality: Seeking Relief under Title VII against Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, with Jeffrey Monks, 7 Wm. & Mary J. Women & L. 67 (2000).

Setting the Record Straight: The Effects of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 1997 on the First and Fourteenth Amendment Rights of Gay and Lesbian Public Schoolteachers, 6 CommLaw Conspectus 25 (1998).

Dean Varona
Phone: (305) 284-2394
Office: C224
Faculty Assistant

Stadmire, Dawn

Phone: (305)284-5654
Office: C224

Area of Expertise

  • Administrative Law
  • Media Law
  • Gender and the Law
  • Intellectual Property