Challenging Authority: A Symposium in Honor of Derrick Bell
March 27th: Reception and Opening Lecture by Professor Charles Ogletree, Harvard Law School
Located at University of Pittsburgh School of Law
A reception will take place at 6:00pm the evening of March 27 at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, with opening lecture given by Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice at Harvard Law School.
March 28th: Panel Discussions
Located at University of Pittsburgh's University Club
Panel discussions will take place the following day at the University Club, with a luncheon keynote address given by Richard Delgado, the John J. Sparkman Chair of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law. The closing keynote address will be given by the University of California School of Law Kimberlé Crenshaw, Distinguished Professor of Law, Devon Carbado, the Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law, and Cheryl Harris, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Professor in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
Opening Lecture on March 27, 2014
Charles J. Ogletree, Jr.
Charles Ogletree, the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, is a prominent legal theorist who has earned an international reputation by taking on complex issues of law and working to ensure all persons receive equal rights guaranteed by the Constitution. Professor Ogletree is the Founding and Executive Director of Harvard Law School’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice. He has served as Faculty Director, Associate Dean, and Vice Dean of the Harvard Law School Clinical Program. Professor Ogletree earned an M.A. and B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Professor Ogletree has been honored with many awards throughout his impressive career, including the A. Leon Higginbotham Lawyer of the Year Award from the National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the National Bar Association’s prestigious Equal Justice Award, and the Charles Hamilton Houston Medallion of Merit from the Washington Bar Association, to name a few.
Afternoon Keynote Address on March 28, 2014
Professor Delgado is the John J. Sparkman Chair of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law. He received his A.B. from the University of Washington and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was Notes and Comments Editor for the California Law Review. Before coming to Alabama in 2013, he taught at the University of Pittsburgh, Colorado, and UCLA. Professor Delgado and Derrick Bell were colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh from 2006-2008.
Closing Keynote Address on March 28, 2014
Professor Crenshaw (Faculty Director 2009 - 2011), was elected Professor of the Year in 1991 and 1994, is recognized as one of the founders of Critical Race Theory, the body of legal scholarship on race that has had enormous influence within and outside the legal academy. An editor of Critical Race Theory: Key Writings That Formed the Movement (1995), she has been the author of many such writings, including Race, Reform, and Retrenchment, published in the Harvard Law Review (1988). She teaches Civil Rights, Critical Race Theory, and advanced seminars in Advanced Critical Race Theory, “Race, Law, and Representation,” “Race, Surveillance, and Punishment,” and “Intersectionality.”
Professor Carbado, (CRS Faculty Director 2003-2004) has been elected Professor of the Year twice, received the Rutter Award for Teaching Excellence, and in 2007 was bestowed with the University Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest attainment of academic and professional excellence in the UC system. He is the editor of Black Men on Race, Gender and Sexuality (1999) and his current research includes a book manuscript on employment discrimination entitled Acting White. His scholarship appears in law reviews at Yale, Cornell, and Michigan, among other places. In the CRS Curriculum, he teaches Critical Race Theory, Constitutional Criminal Procedure, and advanced seminars in Critical Race Theory, as well as teaching Constitutional Law.
Professor Harris is the author of the enormously influential article "Whiteness as Property", published in the Harvard Law Review (1993). A nationally-recognized expert in race theory and anti-discrimination law, she teaches Critical Race Theory, Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination and a seminar on Race-Conscious Remedies in the CRS curriculum, as well as teaching Constitutional Law. In 2005, she was awarded the Distinguished Professor Award by the ACLU Foundation of Southern California.
Professor Brophy is a Judge John J. Parker Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law. He received his A.B., summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, his J.D. from Columbia University, where he served as an editor of the Columbia Law Review. Professor Brophy also has an A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Prior to teaching, Professor Brophy clerked for Judge John Butzner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, practiced with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York, and was a Mellon Fellow in Humanities at Harvard University. Before joining the faculty at the University of North Carolina School of Law, he taught at Boston College, the University of Hawaii, and Vanderbilt University.
Professor Brophy has written extensively on race and property law in colonial, antebellum, and early Twentieth Century America. His books include: Reconstructing the Dreamland: The Tulsa Riot of 1921, Race, Reparations, Reconciliation and Reparations Pro and Con. He is also the leading co-author of Integrating Spaces: Property Law and Race. Professor Brophy is currently completing a book on antebellum jurisprudence, tentatively titled, University, Court, and Slave, which will be published in 2014 by Oxford University Press.
Montré D. Carodine
Professor Carodine currently teaches Critical Race Theory, Evidence, Civil Procedure, Federal Courts, Complex Litigation, and International Civil Litigation at the University of Alabama School of Law. She previously clerked for the Honorable Carl E. Stewart of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, practiced as a litigation associate with Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston, Texas, and taught at Washington and Lee University School of Law. She earned her B.A., summa cum laude, from Louisiana Tech University and her J.D., cum laude, from Tulane. She has been named in the “Top 50 Under 50” List of Most Influential Minority Law Professors by the online journal, Lawyers of Color.
Professor Chew is the Salmon Chaired Professor and Distinguished Faculty Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Professor Chew received a J.D. and M.Ed from the University of Texas, and she received an A.B. in psychology from Stanford University. Prior to teaching, Professor Chew practiced corporate and international law. Professor Chew has taken on numerous leadership roles through her career, including serving as Chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Women in Legal Education and serving as a Council member of the General Practice Division of the ABA. Professor Chew was honored with the Keith Aoki Excellence in Asian American Jurisprudence Award in 2011.
Paul Finkelman is the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy and Senior Fellow in the Government Law Center at Albany Law School. He is a renowned legal historian and expert in constitutional history, constitutional law, freedom of religion, the law of slavery, civil liberties and the American Civil War. A distinguished writer, Professor Finkelman is the author of more than 150 scholarly articles and more than 30 books, and has written extensively on Thomas Jefferson and on Abraham Lincoln. He received his B.A. from Syracuse University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from the University of Chicago.
Ms. Gahagan is a 2012 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation. Currently, Ms. Gahagan is an associate attorney at Schwartz & Shaw P.L.L.C. in Raleigh, NC.
Professor Perea currently teaches at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he focuses on the areas of race and race relations, constitutional law, employment law, and professional responsibility. Professor Perea has written extensively on racial inequality, immigration history, and the civil rights of Latinos in the United States. His works have appeared in the Michigan Law Review, Virginia Journal of Social Policy & Law, and Ohio State Law Journal. Professor Perea received a B.A. from Boston College and a J.D. from the University of Maryland.
SpearIt is a professor at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University. He has written extensively in the areas of criminal justice and critical race theory. SpearIt attained his J.D. from the University of California Berkeley and also has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from University of California Santa Barbara. His scholarship focuses on issues in sentencing, corrections, and prisons, often viewed through the lenses of religion, race, and gender. SpearIt has training in seven languages, including Hindi, Panjabi, and Sanskrit. He previously taught inmates as part of the Patten University’s Prison University Project and is an active researcher for the Institute for Social Policy & Understanding.
Professor Jean Stefancic earned her B.A., cum laude, from Maryville College, and her M.A. from the University of San Francisco. Her writing, which focuses on law reform, social change, and legal scholarship, includes over forty articles and twelve books, some co-authored with Richard Delgado, with whom she has shared writing residencies at Bellagio, Bogliasco, and Centrum. She and Professor Delgado also co-edited The Derrick Bell Reader.
Before coming to Alabama in 2013 from Seattle University School of Law, Professor Stefancic taught at the University of Pittsburgh, where she was Research Professor & Derrick Bell Scholar. During her ten years at the University of Colorado Law School, she was affiliated with the Latino/a Research & Policy Center and on the advisory committee of the Center of the American West. She co-teaches race, racism and the law with Professor Delgado.
Professor Taylor studies the role that religion plays in contemporary American law and politics, as well as the methods by which judges and lawyers interpret statutory and constitutional law. Some of his more recent work includes applying theological vocabulary to help frame the work of critical race scholar Derrick Bell. Through his teaching, Professor Taylor helps students explore these topics in his Race, Religion, and the Law Seminar, originally co-taught with Derrick Bell. His writings on race and the law have appeared in the Michigan Journal of Race & Law, University of Maryland Journal of Race, Religion, Gender, and Class, and New York University Review of Law & Social Change. Professor Taylor received a B.A. with honors from Brown University, an M.A. in Ethics and Society from University of Chicago, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Thursday 2:30-5:30 Roundtable Session Speakers
Moderator: Jessie Allen, Pitt Law
Kristina Campbell, University of D.C. David A Clarke School of Law
Timothy Golden, West Chester University (Philosophy)
Llezlie Green Coleman, American University George Washington College of Law
Tanya Asim Cooper & Therese Beaudreault, University of Alabama SChool of Law
Patience Crowder, University of Denver Sturum College of Law
Justin Hansford, St. Louis University School of Law
Marissa Jackson, Law Clerk to Hon. Damon J. Keith U.S. Court of Appeals (6th Cir.)
Melinda Molina, Capital University Law School
William Rhee, West Virginia University College of Law
Josephine Ross, Howard University School of Law
Rakhi Ruparelia, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law
Andre Smith, Widener Law
This event is co-sponsored by the Center on Race & Social Problem at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, ACLU of Pennsylvania and Greater Pittsburgh, Community Empowerment Association, and Black Law Students Association at Pitt Law.
This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for (11) hours of substantive credit. There is a fee for processing CLE credit for this event.