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Derrick Bell

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DERRICK BELL is currently a visiting professor at New York University School of Law, where he teachers courses on current constitutional issues, constitutional law, and legal scholarship.  Professor Bell became the first tenured black professor at Harvard University Law School in 1971. In 1980, he accepted the deanship of the University of Oregon School of Law.  Prior to his positions at Harvard University and the University of Oregon, Professor Bell served as Executive Director of the Western Center on Law and Poverty at the University of Southern California Law School, Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and Deputy Director of the Office for Civil Rights in the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

Professor Bell is the author of RACE, RACISM,AND AMERICAN LAW, first published in 1973 and now in its third edition, and CONSTITUTIONAL CONFLICTS, a basic constitutional law course text published in 1997.  His autobiographical work, CONFRONTING AUTHORITY: REFLECTIONS OF ANARDENT PROTESTER, offers an appraisal of his struggles as an educator, writer, and non-conformist in a society plagued by racism.  In addition to writing for legal journals, Professor Bellís works have appeared in magazines such as Essence and Mother Jones and newspapers such as the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and the Christian Science Monitor.

B.A. Duquesne University
LL.B., University of Pittsburgh School of Law