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Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference (MAPOC), the University of Virginia Center for the Study of Race and Law and the Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law



Carol Anderson is an associate professor of African American Studies at Emory University and has recently completed a fellowship at Harvard University's Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. Professor Anderson's research and teaching focus on public policy; particularly the ways that domestic and international policies intersect through the issues of race, justice and equality in the United States. She is the author of "Eyes off the Prize: The United Nations and the African-American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955," which was published by Cambridge University Press and awarded both the Gustavus Myers and Myrna Bernath Book Awards. In her forthcoming book, "Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960," Professor Anderson uncovers the long-hidden and important role of the nation's most powerful civil rights organization in the fight for the liberation of peoples of color in Africa and Asia.

Her research has garnered substantial fellowships and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Foundation, National Humanities Center, Harvard University, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Anderson has also received numerous teaching awards, including the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, the Mizzou Class of ’39 Outstanding Faculty Award, the Most Inspiring Professor Award from the Athletic Department, the Gold Chalk Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching, and the Provost’s Teaching Award for Outstanding Junior Faculty.

Anderson serves as a member of the U.S. State Department’s Historical Advisory Committee and is on the board of directors of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute.
She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Miami University, where she earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in political science, international relations, and history. She earned her Ph.D. in history from The Ohio State University.


Taunya Lovell Banks is the Jacob A. France Professor of Equality Jurisprudence at the University of Maryland School of Law, where she teaches constitutional law, torts and seminars on citizenship, economic justice and law in popular culture. She writes about race, gender and class across a wide range of areas. Prior to entering legal education in 1976, she worked as a civil rights lawyer in Mississippi, litigating voting rights and housing discrimination cases and providing technical assistance to black elected officials.

Banks is a contributing co-editor of “Screening Justice – The Cinema of Law: Films of law, Order, and Social Justice.” Her work appears in many law publications including U.C.L.A. Law Review, University of Michigan Law Review, Harvard Civil Liberties-Civil Rights Law Review, New York University Review of Law & Society Change, Berkley Women’s Law Journal and Columbia Women’s Law Journal. Other work appears as chapters in law and multidisciplinary titles.  

Banks served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Legal Education and the Law & Society Review.  She is a former member of the Association of American Law Schools’ Executive Committee, and two-term trustee of the Law School Admissions Council.


Leonard M. Baynes is a professor of law and director of The Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development at St. John's University Law School. He teaches business organizations, communications law, and race and the law. Baynes received his B.S. from New York University, where he was a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon and the International Economic Honors Society, and his J.D.-M.B.A. from Columbia University, where he was associate editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review.

Immediately after law school, Baynes served as a law clerk to Federal District Court Judge Clifford Scott Green in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. From 1997 to 2001, Baynes was hired by then-FCC Chairman William E. Kennard to serve as a scholar-in-residence at the Federal Communications Commission.
Baynes is the recipient of many awards. In October 2004, Professor Baynes was presented The Extraordinary Service Award for his teaching, scholarship and service by the Second National People of Color Conference, and in July 2006, the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council inducted him into its Hall of Fame. In 2007, in recognition of his contributions to the community and society, Baynes received the President’s Medal at the St. John’s University’s annual Vincentian Convocation. In January 2010, Baynes received the New York State Bar Association’s Diversity Trailblazer Award for the development of the Ronald H. Brown Prep Program at St. John’s University School of Law.

Baynes has written over 25 law review articles on race/racism and the law, communications law, business law or the intersection of the three. In 2006, he signed a contract to co-author a communications law casebook with Santa Clara professors Allen Hammond IV and Catherine J.K. Sandoval.


From his student days to his current chairmanship of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Julian Bond has been an active participant in the movements for civil rights and economic justice. As an activist who has faced jail for his convictions, as a veteran of more than 20 years service in the Georgia General Assembly, as a university professor and a writer, he has been on the cutting edge of social change since 1960.

While a student at Morehouse College in 1960 he was a founder of the Atlanta student sit-in and anti-segregation organization and of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). As SNCC's communications director, Bond was active in protests and registration campaigns throughout the South.

Elected in 1965 to the Georgia House of Representatives, Bond was prevented from taking his seat by members who objected to his opposition to the Vietnam War. He was re-elected to his own vacant seat and un-seated again, and seated only after a third election and a unanimous decision of the United States Supreme Court.
He was co-chair of a challenge delegation from Georgia to the 1968 Democratic Convention. The challengers were successful in unseating Georgia's regular Democrats, and Bond was nominated for vice president, but had to decline because he was too young.

Bond serves as Chairman of the Premier Auto Group (Volvo, Land Rover, Aston-Martin and Jaguar) Diversity Council and is on the boards of People for the American Way, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Council for a Livable World, and the advisory board of the Harvard Business School Initiative on Social Enterprise, among others.
He was a commentator on America's Black Forum, the oldest black-owned show in television syndication. His poetry and articles have appeared in numerous publications. He has narrated numerous documentaries, including the Academy Award winning "A Time For Justice" and the prize-winning and critically acclaimed series "Eyes On The Prize."

He has served since 1998 as chairman of the board of the NAACP, the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the United States. In 2002, he received the prestigious National Freedom Award. The holder of 25 honorary degrees, he is a distinguished professor at American University in Washington, D.C., and a professor in history at the University of Virginia.


Tomiko Brown-Nagin holds a doctorate in history from Duke and a law degree from Yale, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. She received her B.A. summa cum laude from Furman University.

Brown-Nagin teaches courses on American social and legal history, constitutional law, education law and policy, and public interest law. She has written widely on civil rights history and law and published in both law and history journals. Currently, Brown-Nagin is working on a book, Courage to Dissent, about lawyers, courts, and community-based activism during the civil rights era; it will be published by Oxford University Press. Brown-Nagin was the Charles Warren Visiting Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School in Fall, 2008.

Prior to entering teaching, Brown-Nagin clerked for the Hon. Robert L. Carter of the U. S. District Court, Southern District of New York and the Hon. Jane Roth of the United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit. She also worked as a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York. Before entering private practice, Brown-Nagin held the Charles Hamilton Houston Fellowship at Harvard Law School and the Samuel I. Golieb Fellowship in Legal History at New York University School of Law.


Henry L. Chambers, Jr., has been Professor of Law at the University of Richmond School of Law since 2004, having moved there after teaching at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law for ten years and holding the James D. Rollins Professorship.  A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Professor Chambers began teaching after practicing law in Washington, D.C.  His varied academic and research interests include constitutional law (with particular emphasis on voting rights), employment discrimination law and criminal law.  His most recent work, to be published in 2007 in the Chicago-Kent Law Review, is “Dred Scott: Tiered Citizenship and Tiered Personhood”.  In addition to that article, he is currently working on articles concerning merit, congressional redistricting and the criminal liability of accomplices. Representative works of his include: Recapturing Summary Adjudication Principles in Disparate Treatment Cases, 58 Southern Methodist University Law Review 103 (2005); Colorblindness, Race Neutrality and Voting Rights, 51 Emory Law Journal 1397 (2002), A Unifying Theory of Sex Discrimination, 34 Georgia Law Review 1591 (2000) and Enclave Districting, 8 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 135 (1999).  

Professor Chambers has been a member of the American Law Institute since 2002. He also is an occasional reviewer for the Law and Society Review.  During summers, he lectures on constitutional law principles in the We The People program, a civic education program administered by the Center for Civic Education.


Theodore C. DeLaney is the Harry E. and Mary Jane W. Redenbaugh Professor of History at Washington and Lee University and the Emilia Galla Struppa Fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington and Lee University and a Ph.D. in American history from the College of William and Mary. DeLaney is currently working on a book about school desegregation in four western Virginia counties.  His previous research and writing have focused on John and Julia Tyler and the 19th century American South.

Civil rights is the chief focus of DeLaney’s teaching at Washington and Lee, where he teaches courses  on African American History, the Civil Rights Movement, and Gay and Lesbian Life in 20th Century America.


Stephanie Farrior is Professor of Law and Director of International and Comparative Law Programs at Vermont Law School.  She is former Legal Director and general counsel of Amnesty International, based at its International Secretariat in London.  A member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), she has been a Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center and has taught international law courses at Oxford, George Washington, American and Penn State universities.  She delivered the Fourth Annual Owen M. Kupferschmid Lecture at Boston College Law School, titled "International Human Rights Mechanisms to Combat Racial Discrimination: An Assessment."

Farrior's research focuses on international legal issues relating to discrimination, the role and functioning of international organizations in protecting human rights, and state accountability for human rights abuses by non-state actors. Her work has been published in Harvard, Columbia and Berkeley law journals and has been cited by several U.N. experts in their studies and reports to the United Nations. In the lead-up to the United Nations World Conference Against Racism in 2001, Farrior served as rapporteur for the International Council for Human Rights Policy report “Racism: Economic Roots of Discrimination,” and wrote the Amnesty International publication “Using the International Human Rights System to Combat Racial Discrimination: A Handbook,”   In 2004 the NAACP invited Farrior to present a CLE seminar at its Annual Convention on using international standards in advocacy for racial justice in the United States.  When the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) was due to review the U.S. report on racial discrimination in the United States, she participated in the U.S. Human Rights Network CERD Working Group’s preparation of a shadow report to the committee.

Born in Bangkok, Farrior grew up there and in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo and Washington D.C.; she has also lived in Athens, Avignon and London. She holds a B.A. from Macalester College, a J.D. from The American University, Washington College of Law, an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School


Kim Forde-Mazrui became a member of the University of Virginia School of Law faculty in 1996. He teaches courses in criminal law and procedure, constitutional law, and race and law. His research interests include race and criminal procedure, race in the child placement process, affirmative action and reparations.

Forde-Mazrui is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where he received the Carl Gussin Memorial Prize for excellence in trial advocacy and the Henry M. Bates Memorial Scholarship, the highest award given to outstanding seniors. He was note editor of the Michigan Law Review and a member of Order of the Coif, Phi Beta Kappa, and the Golden Key National Honor Society.

During law school, Forde-Mazrui was a summer associate with Dykema Gossett in Detroit and was program director for the University of Michigan Office of Minority Affairs. After graduation, Forde-Mazrui clerked for Judge Cornelia G. Kennedy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and worked as an associate with Sidley & Austin in Washington, D.C.


Yared Getachew is assistant dean for public service and director of the Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center at the University of Virginia School of Law. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1994 with a B.A. in foreign affairs and a minor in French language and literature. He earned his law degree at the University of Virginia in 1998, where he served on the Virginia Environmental Law Journal. Before he returned to the Law School in the fall of 2006, his legal experience included work as a judicial law clerk in Delaware and Philadelphia, a prosecutor in New Jersey, and a legal adviser on international humanitarian affairs in Washington, D.C., and in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He has extensive courtroom experience in criminal and immigration courts, and has also appeared before an international claims tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands.


Michele Goodwin is the Everett Fraser Professor in Law at the University of Minnesota.  She holds joint appointments at the University of Minnesota Medical School and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.  Professor Goodwin served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago and as a Visiting Scholar at the University of California-Berkeley.  She was honored with a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Griffith University in Australia.  Prior to law teaching, Goodwin was a Gilder-Lehrman post-doctoral fellow at Yale University.  

Goodwin is a prolific author; her scholarship on organ transplant policy in the United States contributed to a renewed public agenda, and defined new ways of thinking about supply, demand, and access to sophisticated medical treatments.   Her scholarship has helped to redefine how reproductive technology policy should be evaluated, urging a broader reconciliation of the legal treatments of women with differing social statuses.  She is a leading voice in the debates on socioeconomics and race in medicine, having founded the first center for studying race and bioethics in the nation.  Her writings on baby markets, judicial formalism, law and status, organ procurement, assisted reproduction, reproductive politics, family immunity in tort law, and patient negligence, appear in journals published by the University of Chicago, University of Michigan, George Washington University, Duke University, University of Virginia, University of Alabama, Barnard College, and many others.

She is the author of several books, including Black Markets: The Supply and Demand of Human Body Parts (Cambridge University Press, 2006)(Portuguese translation 2008); Baby Markets: Money and the Politics of Creating Families (Cambridge University Press, 2010); The Black Body: Reading, (Re)Writing, and (Re) Imagining (University of South Africa Press, Goodwin et. al, 2009); Biotechnology and Bioethics (Lexis/Nexis Goodwin & Paris, 2010). 


Risa Goluboff is Professor of Law and History and the Caddell & Chapman Research Professor at the University of Virginia. She is the author of The Lost Promise of Civil Rights (2007), which won the Order of the Coif Biennial Book Award and the Hurst Prize of the Law and Society Association. She currently holds a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, which is supporting her work on a book about vagrancy law in the post-World War II United States.


Appointed in 2009 as the ninth Dean in the University of Maryland School of Law’s 185-year history, Phoebe A. Haddon, JD, LLM, is a widely respected, national leader in legal education and an expert in jury participation, the courts and diversity.

Dean Haddon joined Maryland Law after more than 25 years as a distinguished faculty member at the Temple University Beasley School of Law. An accomplished scholar on constitutional law and tort law, Dean Haddon is the co-author of two casebooks in those fields and has written numerous scholarly articles on equal protection, jury participation, academic freedom, and diversity.


Born in High Point, N.C., and reared during her early childhood in New York City, Brenda Saunders Hampden is currently a tenured law professor at Seton Hall Law School. Her civil rights journey began at the age of 11 when she returned to North Carolina and attended an all-Black public school. At the close of that first year, her mother applied for her and her sister to be reassigned to the previously all-white public schools because the all-black school unfortunately lacked comparable educational resources, because High Point had yet to comply with the mandates of Brown v. Board of Education, and also because the all-white school was geographically closer to their home. Of the 13 students who applied for reassignment, the school board in High Point enrolled only Hampden and her sister in the junior high school and senior high school, respectively, the two sisters being solely responsible for the desegregation of those two schools for the city of High Point. It was also during those years that Hampden participated in the sit-in demonstrations at the Woolworth’s lunch counters, High Point being the first city in the nation where high school students engaged in demonstrations of this type. Later, as president of the Youth Council of the local chapter of the NAACP, Hampden led demonstrations against other segregated facilities in High Point including movie theaters and restaurants.

At 16, following graduation from high school — where the guidance counselor had proclaimed that she was not college material — Hampden continued in the struggle for racial equality as a regional youth representative for the state chapter of the NAACP in planning and executing anti-segregation demonstrations at public facilities in various cities in North Carolina. After several water hosings, beatings and arrests, she was shot at while giving a press conference in a church. It was that experience coupled with other violence in previous civil rights demonstrations that compelled the family decision that Hampden attend college geographically north of North Carolina. 

Hampden received a Bachelor’s degree cum laude and a Master’s degree in music education from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and her J.D. from Seton Hall Law School. She was also the recipient of a post-graduate fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study Ethnomusicology at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.  She currently teaches property, entertainment law, and copyright and directs the Summer Institute for Pre-Legal Studies, a summer “boot camp” for disadvantaged college students that is designed to provide them with a realistic expectation of the rigors and demands of law school.


Professor Claudrena Harold’s teaching and research interests include but are not limited to African American social movements, black nationalism,  U.S. labor politics  and pan-African thought and politics.

Harold’s first book, “The Rise and Fall of the Garvey Movement in the Urban South, 1918-1942” (Routledge), examined the ways in which working women and men utilized the institutional structures of the Garvey movement to advance their class and racial interests. Her second book project, “No Ordinary Sacrifice: New Negro Politics in the Jim Crow South, 1914-1929,” invites critical interrogation into the roots and routes of New Negro activism by looking at four areas in which black Southerners articulated their understanding of modernity: black labor, black student activism, electoral politics and black nationalism.


Professor Jones Havard teaches Banking Law, Contracts, Corporations, and Commercial Transaction Workshop.  A graduate of Bennett College, she received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.  In addition to her career in teaching, Professor Jones Havard has served as a law clerk to Judge A. Leon Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; as a Counsel at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and as a Trial Attorney at the Criminal Section of the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.  Prior to coming to the University of Baltimore, she received tenure at the Temple University school  of Law and taught at Catholic University Law School as a Visting Professor.

 Professor Jones Havard's writings have appeared in several law journals including the Cardozo Law Review, The Kentucky Law Review, and The Stanford Law and Policy Journal.  Her research examines operational structure, systemic risk, economic subordination and market failure in the banking industry.  She is an expert on sub-prime and predatory lending.


Deena Hurwitz joined the University of Virginia School of Law faculty in 2003 as director of the Human Rights Program and the International Human Rights Law Clinic. From 2000-03, Hurwitz was the Robert M. Cover/ Allard K. Lowenstein Fellow in International Human Rights with the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School. While at Yale she co-supervised the law school’s human rights clinic, coordinated events sponsored by the Schell Center, and taught International Human Rights at Yale College.

Before entering academia, Hurwitz served as a legal counselor with the Washington Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. She spent 1997-99 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she was director of Global Rights’ (then the International Human Rights Law Group) Bosnia program for 14 months. Before joining the Law Group, Hurwitz served as OSCE liaison officer to the Human Rights Coordination Centre of the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In 1997, Hurwitz worked in Ramallah (Israeli-occupied Palestinian Territory) with the Centre for International Human Rights Enforcement, as executive administrator for a project involving human rights enforcement under a European Union-Israel trade agreement. She has also been a consultant with the Women’s Division of Human Rights Watch, investigating violations of women’s rights under Morocco’s Family Code.  Before attending law school at Northeastern University, she worked more than 10 years for the California-based Resource Center for Nonviolence, where she was involved in capacity building and training with non-governmental organizations in the United States and the Middle East. Between 1981 and 1993, she led regular delegations of U.S. citizens on study tours of the Middle East, and spent a sabbatical year (1989-1990) in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories directing Middle East Witness.

More recently, she has worked in Afghanistan and Lebanon on clinical legal education, and in Suriname on the rights of indigenous peoples to education and non-discrimination. She also has an interest in the practical aspects of modern Islamic law.

Hurwitz is admitted to the bars of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.


Darren Hutchinson joined the faculty of American University in 2003, and was appointed full professor in 2005. His areas of expertise include constitutional law, and Equal Protection Theory and equitable remedies. Before joining the faculty at WCL, Professor Hutchinson was an Associate Professor at Southern Methodist University School of Law, and prior to law teaching, Professor Hutchinson practiced commercial litigation at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton in New York City. He also clerked for the late Honorable Mary Johnson Lowe, a former United States District Judge in the Southern District of New York.


J. Gordon Hylton is currently professor of law at Marquette University.  He is also a visiting professor at the University of Virginia Law School on a recurring basis and an affiliate of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African and Afro-American Studies.

He was born in Giles County, Va., in 1952.  In 1956, his family moved to Greenbrier County, W.Va., where he started school in White Sulphur Springs, which was the site of the first white anti-integration riot in post-Brown v. Board America. He returned to Giles County, where schools remained segregated, in 1959 and in 1964 experienced the desegregation of public schools a second time. In 1964, Giles became the first county in Virginia to eliminate its black schools completely, but as a consequence, it was also the first county in Virginia to fire all of its black teachers.  (This resulted in NAACP-sponsored litigation that eventually led to a victory for the discharged teachers.)

Hylton is a graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Virginia Law School, and holds a Ph.D. in the history of American civilization from Harvard University.  In 1977-78, he was the law clerk for Justice Albertis S. Harrison of the Virginia Supreme Court, who had earlier played an important role in Virginia’s response to the civil rights movement.

In addition to Marquette, he has also taught at Washington and Lee University, Washington University, the Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Queensland, and as a Fulbright lecturer at the Kyiv Mohyla Academy in Kiev, Ukraine.  From 1997 to 1999 he was director of the National Sports Law Institute, and he currently serves on the Diversity Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar.


Tim Lovelace received his B.A. with distinction in American politics from the University of Virginia in 2003. As an undergraduate, he was a Lawn resident and served as the student member of the University's Board of Visitors. In 2006, he graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was an Oliver Hill Scholar, Black Law Students Association President, an editor of the Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal, the Thomas Marshall Miller Prize recipient, and the Bracewell & Patterson LLP Best Oralist Award winner. Currently, Lovelace is a doctoral student in history at the University. His research examines how civil rights activism in the U.S. South helped to inform the development of international human rights law. Lovelace also presently serves as the assistant director of the Center for the Study of Race and Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, which provides a variety of opportunities for law students, scholars, practitioners and community members to examine and exchange ideas related to race and law.


Paul G. Mahoney became dean of the University of Virginia Law School in July 2008. He is a David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor and the Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law. Mahoney's teaching and research areas are securities regulation, law and economic development, corporate finance, financial derivatives and contracts. He has published widely in law reviews and peer-reviewed finance and law and economics journals.

Mahoney joined the Law School faculty in 1990 after practicing law with the New York firm of Sullivan & Cromwell and clerking for Judge Ralph K. Winter, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the Supreme Court of the United States. He served as academic associate dean at the Law School from 1999 to 2004 and has held the Albert C. BeVier Research Chair and the Brokaw Chair in Corporate Law. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School, the University of Southern California Law School and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He has also worked on legal reform projects in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Nepal.

Mahoney is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and served as an associate editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives from 2004 to 2007 and as a director of the American Law and Economics Association from 2002 to 2004. He is a past recipient of the All-University Outstanding Teacher Award and the Law School's Traynor Award for excellence in faculty scholarship.


Deborah McDowell is Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute and Alice Griffin Professor of English. The founding editor of the Beacon Black Women Writers Series, she is co-editor with Arnold Rampersad of Slavery and the Literary Imagination, and period editor of the Norton Anthology of African-American Literature.  She is also the author of “The Changing Same”: Studies in Fiction by Black American Women and the editor of various scholarly editions - including, Nella Larsen’s Quicksand and Passing and Frederick Douglass’s 1845 Narrative of the Life.  She has published numerous essays and review essays on African American literature, culture, photography and film. Her most recent book is Leaving Pipe Shop:  Memories of Kin, published by Charles Scribner’s and W. W. Norton.


Professor Muriel Morisey has been on the Temple University faculty since 1991.  She teaches legislation, administrative law and professional responsibility. The intersection of law and policy has been Morisey’s central interest since before completing law school. While earning her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, Morisey held senior staff positions with former Rep. Walter Fauntroy and the late Rep. Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman elected to Congress.  She also served on the staff of the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment investigation of President Richard Nixon. Before joining Temple’s faculty Morisey held faculty and administrative positions at Harvard University.

Morisey is a former chair of the Association of American Law School's Legislation Section and the American Bar Association's Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities. She currently serves as vice-chair of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund.


Professor Juan F. Perea is the Cone, Wagner, Nugent, Johnson, Hazouri & Roth Professor of Law at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law, where he teaches and writes in the areas of race and race relations, constitutional law, employment law, and professional responsibility.  Professor Perea has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Boston College Law School, and University of Colorado School of Law.  He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Boston College in 1986, where he served on the Law Review.  From 1986-87, he clerked for the Hon. Bruce M. Selya of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

He is the author of Latinos and the Law (Thomson/West 2008) (with Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic) and Race and Races: Cases and Resources for a Diverse America, 2d. Ed., (Thomson/West 2007) (with Richard Delgado, Angela Harris, Jean Stefancic and Stephanie Wildman).  He is editor of and contributor to Immigrants Out! The New Nativism and the Anti-Immigrant Impulse in the United States (NYU Press 1997).  He is the author of many articles and book chapters on racial inequality, immigration history and on the civil rights of Latinos in the United States.  His articles have appeared in Harvard Law Review, California Law Review, NYU Law Review, UCLA Law Review, and Minnesota Law Review, among others.  His current research interests include the critical theory of history and historiography.

Professor Perea has testified as an expert before the United States Senate, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the United States Commission on Civil Rights.  He is a member of the American Law Institute.


Professor Henry J. Richardson III obtained his A.B. from Antioch College in 1963. Upon graduating from Yale Law School in 1966, Richardson became international legal adviser to the government of Malawi for almost three years shortly after its independence, where he advised on inherited treaties and a range of southern African international legal negotiations and questions. Afterward, he returned to the U.S. to become faculty Africanist at law and to earn an LL.M. at University of California at Los Angeles (1971) with a focus on international law and development in Africa. He was active in several anti-apartheid groups relative to international law. From 1977-79, he served on the National Security Council staff in charge of African policy and United Nations issues in President Jimmy Carter's administration. Richardson was subsequently the senior foreign policy adviser to the Congressional Black Caucus and an attorney in the Office of General Counsel of the Department of Defense. Richardson joined the Temple Law faculty in 1981 having previously taught at Indiana University and Northwestern Law Schools.  In the 1990s he worked with several NGOs in Southern Africa on Namibian independence and South Africa’s 1994 elections.

Richardson has written many scholarly articles for the American Journal of International Law and other journals on international law and development questions in Africa, legal questions arising from the anti-apartheid movement relative to South Africa, international protection of human rights, self determination, international law and African-Americans, and the interpretation of international law through critical race theory. He teaches courses on international law, constitutional law and foreign policy, international human rights and international organizations.

He also was a co-founder of Temple’s International and Comparative Law Journal. In 1999, and again in 2008, he was awarded the Friel-Scanlan prize for best faculty scholarship. Throughout his career, Richardson has presented many papers and participated in conferences and panels in the U.S., Europe and Africa. In 2008, he published “The Origin of African-American Interests in International Law.”

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a past vice president and honorary vice president, counselor and a co-founder of the Africa Interest Group, of the American Society of International Law, and a founding member and past United Nations representative of the National Conference of Black Lawyers.


After a year as a visiting professor, Mildred Robinson accepted a permanent position at the University of Virginia School of Law in 1985. She teaches federal income tax, state and local tax, and trusts and estates.

Robinson received her J.D. from Howard University's School of Law in 1968 and her LL.M. from Harvard University's School of Law in 1971. She came to Virginia after 12 years on the faculty at Florida State, where she received the President's Award for excellence in teaching. At Florida State, she also was associate dean for academic affairs and chaired and served on the admissions committee.

Robinson has served on the Law School Admission Council Board of Trustees. She was a member of the inaugural Board of Directors for Law Access, Inc. (currently The Access Group). She was a Commissioner from Virginia to the National Conference on Uniform State Laws from 1990-94 and was a member of the Board of Visitors for the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University from 1993-96. She served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools from 2000-03.  She is a member of the American Law Institute.

Within the Charlottesville community, Robinson has served as chair of Piedmont CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates). She is currently chair of the board of trustees of the Martha Jefferson Hospital.


Charles Sherrod was born in Petersburg, Va., in 1937 and raised by his grandmother, a devout Baptist. Sherrod grew up singing in the choir, attending Sunday school and even preaching to other children at Mount Olivet Baptist Church. He first became aware of racism at age two, when his mother yanked him out of a front seat and pulled him to the back of a bus. He took his first step toward activism in 1954, just after the Supreme Court decision to desegregate public schools. A friend asked him if he wanted to desegregate the white churches, and so the two "sat-in" at white services in Petersburg, long before the sit-in movement began.

In 1961, while studying at Virginia Union University, Sherrod again joined in a sit-in, this time at department stores in Richmond, Va. Later that year he turned down a college teaching position and instead headed to Shaw University to join student leaders from around the country in the founding of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

Sherrod was one of the first to practice the jail-no bail policy, which became a common tactic of the movement. When ten students were arrested for a sit-in in Rock Hill, S.C., in February 1961, Sherrod and three others went to Rock Hill, held a sit-in, were arrested, refused bail, and served 30-day sentences in an attempt to dramatize the injustice of the law.

Early on, one of SNCC's areas of focus was southwest Georgia, where Sherrod went in the fall of 1961 at age 22.  Sherrod and SNCC field workers traveled throughout the surrounding counties to educate and register black voters in southwest Georgia's rural areas.  However, two months after arriving in Albany, Ga., Sherrod and SNCC field workers led a large series of demonstrations that would last for over three difficult years, during which hundreds, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., were arrested. By printing up leaflets, registering voters and holding seminars on non-violent resistance, the Albany movement galvanized Albany's black students to rise up and challenge unjust laws of segregation, and by early 1964, Albany had repealed all of its segregation ordinances. 

After a brief sojourn in New York, where he received his master's degree in sacred theology from Union Theological Seminary in 1967, Sherrod returned to the Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education, where he served as director from 1961 to 1987. He also directed New Communities, Inc., a cooperative farming project, from 1969 to 1985. He served on the Albany City Commission from 1976 to 1990, and currently works as a professor of political science at Albany State University.

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