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Building the Arc of Justice: The Life and Legal Thought of Derrick Bell

Posted Wednesday, October 3, 2012

jenn_kimjpgJenn Kim, Clinical Fellow of Family Law Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law, takes part in the "Rainbow Signs II" panel discussion.

The School of Law's Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies hosted a conference on September 28 in memory of Derrick Bell titled "Building the Arc of Justice." The conference explored many themes related to the life, legal thought, and legacy of Bell, who was the first tenured African-American Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and is largely credited as one of the founders of critical race theory.

derrick_bell_paneljpg(L-R) J. Corey Harris, Bekah Mandell, Deborah Post, and Anthony Farley discuss "Rainbow Signs: Reading Derrick Bell Today."

The conference topics included "Rainbow Signs: Reading Derrick Bell Today," "New Applications of Bell’s Critical Thought," and "Doing History with Critical Legal Theory." The keynote speaker for the event was Frank Valdes, Professor and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar at the University of Miami School of Law.


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