Seeking 2 Derrick Bell Student Research Fellows - 2L's & 3L's Only

Professors Chaz Arnett and Lu-in Wang are each seeking to select a student to be a Derrick A. Bell Student Research Fellow. This prestigious fellowship honors the legacy of one of Pitt Law’s greatest alumni (Class of 1957), the late Professor Derrick Bell. Derrick Bell was a legal scholar who examined the persistence of racism in America, and sought to expose it through books, articles, and legal advocacy. He was a pioneer of critical race theory — a body of legal scholarship that explores how racism is embedded in laws and legal institutions, even many of those intended to redress past injustices. His 1973 book, “Race, Racism and American Law,” became a staple in law schools for many years. Bell was the first tenured black professor at Harvard Law School, a position he later gave up to protest the lack of tenured minority female professors. Derrick Bell loved teaching and was a beloved and popular professor everywhere he taught, including Pitt Law, New York University, and the University of Oregon, where he served as Dean. He saw tremendous value in working with students and incorporating them into his research and scholarship projects.

In this fellowship, supported by Pitt Law’s Derrick Bell Fund for Excellence, selected students will be paid research fellows, beginning as early as this Fall semester. Each research fellow may work up to 300 hours through the school year and early summer. Applicants must be second or third year law students and possess strong research and writing skills. A passion for public interest work, including racial justice, and/or journal/law review experience is highly valued.

Prof. Arnett’s research project will explore the militarization of domestic policing and examine how the evisceration of longstanding 4th amendment protections have made communities of color acutely vulnerable. Prof. Wang’s research project builds on her earlier work on hate crimes and will challenge the conventional understanding of hate crimes as exceptional and deviant acts of individuals acting autonomously from the mainstream social environment.

Interested students should email a resume and letter of interest to either professor at: Prof. Lu-in Wang - lu-inwang@pitt.edu or Prof. Chaz Arnett – chaz.arnett@pitt.edu. These materials should be sent by Monday, October 30, 2017.