Kathryn Abrams, University of California-Berkeley School of Law
Kathryn Abrams, Berkeley Law's Herma Hill Kay Distinguished Professor of Law, has been on the faculty at Boalt Hall since 2001. Teaching feminist jurisprudence, voting rights, and constitutional law, Prof. Abrams has written extensively on feminist methodology and epistemology, the jurisprudence of sexual harassment, and cultural and theoretical constructions of women's agency. Her scholarship has explored questions of employment discrimination, minority vote dilution, campaign finance, constitutional law, and law and the emotions, but has focused most centrally on feminist jurisprudence. Prior to joining Berkeley Law, Prof. Abrams taught at the law schools at Boston University, Indiana University-Bloomington, Harvard University, Northwestern University, and, most recently, Cornell University, where she was professor of law, associate professor of ethics and public life, and director of the Women's Studies Program. Prof. Abrams earned her JD from Yale University and BA from Harvard University.
Samuel Bagenstos, University of Michigan Law School
Samuel Bagenstos is a professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School, where he specializes in constitutional and civil rights litigation. From 2009 to 2011, he was a political appointee in the U.S. Department of Justice, where he served as the principal deputy assistant attorney general for civil rights, the number-two official in the Civil Rights Division. His accomplishments included the promulgation of the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act regulations and the reinvigoration of the Civil Rights Division's enforcement of the Supreme Court's decision in Olmstead v. L.C., which guarantees people with disabilities the right to live and receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate. Prof. Bagenstos has published articles in journals such as the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the California Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, and the Georgetown Law Journal, as well as two books: Law and the Contradictions of the Disability Rights Movement and Disability Rights Law: Cases and Materials. He earned his JD from Harvard University and his BA from the University of North Carolina.
Devon W. Carbado, UCLA School of Law
Devon Carbado is the Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law, where he teaches constitutional criminal procedure, constitutional law, critical race theory, and criminal adjudication. Focusing his scholarship and writing on critical race theory, employment discrimination, criminal procedure, constitutional law, and identity has helped establish Prof. Carbado as a nationally recognized figure in the field of critical race theory. He is editor of Race Law Stories with Rachel Moran, and recently published a book on employment discrimination, Acting White? Rethinking Race in Post-Racial America, with Mitu Gulati. Prof. Carbado is a former director of the Critical Race Studies Program at UCLA Law School, a faculty associate of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, a board member of the African American Policy Forum, and a James Town Fellow. In 2005, he was named an inaugural recipient of the Fletcher Foundation Fellowship, which is awarded to scholars whose work furthers the goals of Brown v. Board of Education. Prof. Carbado earned his JD from Harvard University and BA from UCLA.
Brian T. Fitzpatrick, Vanderbilt Law School
Brian Fitzpatrick is a professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School, where his research focuses on class-action litigation, federal courts, judicial selection, and constitutional law. Prof. Fitzpatrick joined Vanderbilt's law faculty in 2007 after serving as the John M. Olin Fellow at New York University School of Law. His writings have appeared in such publications as the Ohio State Law Journal, Notre Dame Law Review, and Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, with his chapter on "Civil Procedure in the Roberts Court" expected to appear in the 2014 edition of Business and the Roberts Court, edited by Jonathan Adler. Prior to entering academia, he practiced commercial and appellate litigation at Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C., and served as special counsel for Supreme Court nominations to U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). Following law school, Prof. Fitzpatrick clerked for Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. He earned his JD from Harvard Law School and BS from the University of Notre Dame.
Cary C. Franklin, University of Texas at Austin School of Law
Cary Franklin is an assistant professor of law at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Her primary research interests are in the fields of constitutional law, antidiscrimination law, and legal history, with a focus on the history of antidiscrimination law in the areas of sex and sexual orientation, and the ways in which this history influences legal conceptions of equality today. Her writings have appeared in such publications as the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal-Online, and New York University Law Review, with her contribution to the latter, titled "The Anti-Stereotyping Principle in Constitutional Sex Discrimination," winning the Kathryn T. Preyer Prize by the American Society for Legal History. Prior to entering academia, Prof. Franklin clerked for Judge Sonia Sotomayor who, at the time, sat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and served as a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and a Ribicoff Fellow at Yale Law School. She earned her JD and BA at Yale University, and DPhil and MST at the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.
Nancy Gertner, Harvard Law School
The Hon. Nancy Gertner is a retired federal judge on the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts and professor of practice at Harvard Law School, where she teaches a number of subjects including criminal law, criminal procedure, forensic science, and sentencing. She has written extensively on sentencing, discrimination, and forensic evidence, as well as women's rights and the jury system. She published her autobiography, In Defense of Women: Memoirs of an Unrepentant Advocate, in 2011. In 2008 she became only the second woman—Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg being the first—to receive the Thurgood Marshall Award from the American Bar Association, Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities. Prof. Gertner is also a recipient of the Arabella Babb Mansfield Award from the National Association of Women Lawyers, the Leila J. Robinson Award of the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts, the Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award, and the Massachusetts Bar Association's Hennessey Award for judicial excellence. She was appointed to the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts by President Bill Clinton in 1994. Prof. Gertner holds an honorary doctor of laws degree from Brandeis University, earned her JD and MA from Yale University, and her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Craig Gurian, Anti-Discrimination Center
Craig Gurian is the executive director of the Anti-Discrimination Center, adjunct professor of law at Fordham Law School, and editor of the Remapping Debate website. He has practiced anti-discrimination law since 1988. Prof. Gurian conceptualized, investigated, developed, and co-counseled the landmark False Claims Act case against Westchester County, in which Westchester was found to have "utterly failed" to meet its affirmatively furthering fair housing obligations, and to have falsely or fraudulently represented that it had or would do so. Ultimately, the litigation resulted in a landmark housing desegregation consent decree. He was legal counsel to a sister civil rights organization in a successful effort to pass a comprehensive Nassau County Fair Housing Law in 2006, and was the principal drafter of the Local Civil Rights Restoration Act of 2005. In private practice, he successfully litigated the first Title IX sex harassment case tried to a jury in the United States. In addition to work on behalf of plaintiffs in employment discrimination matters, he has represented both individuals and fair housing groups in housing discrimination cases. He also has co-counseled matters with a variety of private sector and public sector counsel, including the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department, and has provided training on discrimination law issues for a wide array of bar, community, and not-for-profit organizations. He received his BA from Columbia College, JD from Columbia Law School, and MA from Columbia University.
Nan Hunter, Georgetown University Law Center
Nan Hunter is the associate dean of graduate programs and a professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. Teaching and writing primarily in two areas—health law and state regulation of sexuality and gender—her works have been published in such law journals as the Michigan Law Review, Pennsylvania Law Review, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Virginia Law Review, and Georgetown Law Journal. With William Eskridge, she wrote the first casebook to conceptualize sexuality and gender law as embodying a dynamic relationship between state regulation, sexual practices, and gender norms. Her most recent health law scholarship focuses on the intersection of health-care systems with democratic theory. Outside academia, Dean Hunter has served as deputy general counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and as a member of the President's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry. She is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and earned her BA from Northwestern University and JD from Georgetown Law.
Olatunde Johnson, Columbia Law School
Olatunde (Olati) Johnson is a professor of law at Columbia Law School. Her areas of expertise are anti-discrimination law, constitutional law, civil procedure, administrative law, congressional power, and public interest law practice. Before joining the Columbia faculty in 2006, Prof. Johnson was a Kellis Parker Research Fellow at Columbia from 2004 to 2006 and a senior consultant on racial justice at the ACLU National Legal Department from 2003 to 2004. She previously served on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and was a law clerk to Judge David Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. She received her BA, cum laude and with distinction in literature, from Yale University and her JD from Stanford Law School.
Ellen D. Katz, University of Michigan Law School
Ellen Katz is the Ralph W. Aigler Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, where she writes and teaches about election law, civil rights and remedies, and equal protection. Her scholarship addresses questions of minority representation, political equality, and the role of institutions in crafting and implementing anti-discrimination laws. Prof. Katz has published numerous articles including an influential empirical study of litigation under the Voting Rights Act. Prior to joining the Michigan faculty, Prof. Katz practiced as an attorney with the appellate sections of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Division and its Environment and Natural Resources Division. She was a judicial clerk for Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court, and for Judge Judith W. Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She earned her JD from Yale Law School and her BA from Yale College.
Sophia Z. Lee, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Sophia Lee is an assistant professor of law and history at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She is a legal historian whose scholarship synthesizes labor, constitutional, and administrative law. She has written about administrative agencies' role in shaping constitutional law; civil rights and labor advocates' challenges to workplace discrimination during the early Cold War; and conservative legal movements in the post-New Deal era. Representative publications appear in the Virginia Law Review and Law & History Review. Prior to joining the Penn Law faculty, she clerked for the Hon. Kimba M. Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and served as a Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in Legal History at New York University School of Law. She is currently working on a history of the workplace Constitution from the 1930s to the 1980s. She earned her JD and PhD in history from Yale.
Vicki Schultz, Yale Law School
Vicki Schultz is the Ford Foundation Professor of Law and Social Sciences at Yale Law School. An expert in law and social science, the workplace, discrimination, and the family, she has written and lectured widely on sexual harassment, sex segregation on the job, work-family issues, working time, the meaning of work in people's lives, household labor, same-sex marriage, and marriage generally. Her publications include "The Need for a Reduced Workweek in the United States," "The Sanitized Workplace," "Reconceptualizing Sexual Harassment," and "Life's Work." Prof. Schultz's work has been influential in legal scholarship, the social sciences, the courts, and the national news media. She has held a number of significant fellowships, including the Evelyn Green Davis Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. In 2010-2011, she was the MacDonald-Wright Visiting Professor of Law and the faculty chair of the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. Before coming to Yale, she was a professor at Wisconsin Law School and an attorney at the U. S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division. She holds a BA from the University of Texas and a JD from Harvard.
Patrick Shin, Suffolk University Law School
Patrick Shin is assistant dean and professor of law at Suffolk University Law School. He teaches Torts, Employment Discrimination, Professional Responsibility, and Jurisprudence. A 2011 recipient of the Cornelius J. Moynihan Teaching Award, his current scholarship focuses on philosophical dimensions of problems in antidiscrimination law and on theoretical issues surrounding the meaning and value of diversity. Dean Shin completed judicial clerkships in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit after law school, and worked for several years as a litigation associate in the Boston office of Hale and Dorr LLP (now WilmerHale). He then returned to Harvard University to earn his PhD in philosophy before joining the faculty at Suffolk Law. In addition to his PhD, Dean Shin holds an AB, summa cum laude, from Dartmouth College and a JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School.
John D. Skrentny, University of California, San Diego
John Skrentny is a professor of sociology at the University of California, San Diego. His primary areas of research and teaching interest are politics, law, social movements, ethnicity, globalization, and culture. His first book, The Ironies of Affirmative Action (University of Chicago Press, 1996), is a study of the origins and politics of employment affirmative action for African Americans. His book The Minority Rights Revolution (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2002) explores the American development of public policy designed to benefit minorities, including Latinos, women, Asian Americans, the disabled, white ethnics, and others. He is also the editor of Color Lines: Affirmative Action, Immigration and Civil Rights Options for America (University of Chicago Press, 2001). Prof. Skrentny's current research includes a study of globalization and human rights in East Asia and a study of the impact of immigration on discrimination law in the United States. Prof. Skrentny is a former National Science Foundation Fellow and fellow of the Princeton University Center for Human Values. He received his BA from Indiana University and PhD from Harvard University.
Susan P. Sturm, Columbia Law School
Susan Sturm is the George M. Jaffin Professor of Law and Social Responsibility and the founding director of the Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia Law School. She has published numerous articles, case studies, and books on "the architecture of inclusion," institutional change, transformative leadership, workplace equality, legal education, and inclusion and diversity in higher education. Her recent publications include: Scaling Up (2010); Negotiating Workplace Equality (2008); Conflict Resolution and Systemic Change (with Howard Gadlin, 2007); and The Architecture of Inclusion: Advancing Workplace Equity in Higher Education (2006). The architecture of inclusion was the focus of a symposium issue published in June 2007 by the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender. Prof. Sturm is the principal investigator for a Ford Foundation grant awarded to develop the architecture of inclusion in higher education. She is currently co-chairing a working group on transformative leadership, as part of a Ford Foundation funded project on Building Knowledge for Social Justice. In addition, her research on strategies for facilitating constructive multi-racial interaction in police training is featured on the Racetalks website. Prof. Sturm received her BA from Brown and JD from Yale.
Julie C. Suk, Cardozo School of Law
Julie Suk is a professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She is a leading scholar of comparative equality law, and her research has developed a transnational perspective on the theory and practice of antidiscrimination law. Prof. Suk's articles compare European and American approaches to a broad range of problems, including the stakes of criminal, civil, and administrative enforcement of antidiscrimination norms, the state's role in mitigating work-family conflict, the law of Holocaust denial and hate speech, constitutional limits on race-consciousness and affirmative action, and the rise of gender quotas in Europe. Her publications include "Are Gender Stereotypes Bad for Women? Rethinking Antidiscrimination Law and Work-Family Conflict" (Columbia Law Review), "Discrimination at Will: Job Security Protections and Equal Employment Opportunity in Conflict" (Stanford Law Review), "Procedural Path Dependence: Discrimination and the Civil-Criminal Divide" (Washington University Law Review), and "Gender Parity and State Legitimacy: From Public Office to Corporate Boards" (International Journal of Constitutional Law). She was a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence and a Law and Public Affairs Fellow at Princeton University. Before teaching, she clerked for Harry T. Edwards on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She received her AB, summa cum laude, from Harvard, JD from Yale Law School, and DPhil from Oxford University, where she was a Marshall Scholar.
Robin L. West, Georgetown University Law Center
Robin West is the Frederick J. Haas Professor of Law and Philosophy at the Georgetown University Law Center. She came to the Law Center from the University of Maryland Law School, where she taught from 1986 to 1991. Prof. West has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago and Stanford law schools and taught at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University from 1982 to 1985. Prof. West has written extensively on gender issues and feminist legal theory, constitutional law and theory, jurisprudence, legal philosophy, and law and literature. She received her BA and JD from the University of Maryland and JSM from Stanford.