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In October, 2011, the world lost one of the great legal minds of our time. This Conference will celebrate the life and work of Derrick Bell.


Bridgette Baldwin, Professor of Law, Western New England University School of Law

Davarian Baldwin, Paul E. Raether Professor of American Studies, Trinity College

Erin Buzuvis, Professor and Director of the Western New England University Law School Center for Gender & Sexuality Studies

Matthew Charity, Associate Professor, Western New England University School of Law

Anthony Paul Farley, James Campbell Matthews Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence,
Albany Law School

Paul Finkelman, John Hope Franklin Visiting Professor of American Legal History, Duke Law School and President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy, Albany Law School

Vinay Harpalani, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law

Danne Johnson, Professor, Oklahoma City University School of Law

Jenn Kim, Clinical Fellow, Family Law Clinic, University of Baltimore School of Law

Bekah Mandell,  New Media Director, National Domestic Workers’ Alliance & Adjunct Professor, Community College of Vermont

Deborah W. Post, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Faculty Development and Professor, Touro Law Center

William Rhee, Associate Professor, West Virginia University College of Law

Reginald Robinson, Professor, Howard University School of Law

Alexander Rosas, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the Program in Law and Society,Western New England University

Josephine Ross, Associate Professor, Howard University School of School

Sudha Setty, Professor, Western New England University School of Law

Frank Valdes, Professor and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar, University of Miami School of Law

Geiza Vargas-Vargas, Assistant Professor, Charleston School of Law




Building the Arc of Justice

Professor Derrick  Bell

The Life and Legal Thought of Derrick Bell

Western New England University School of Law

Sponsored by the School of Law's Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies

Friday, September 28, 2012


     In October of last year the world lost one of the greatest legal minds of our times and a leading creator of critical race theory. Then just five months after his passing, Derrick Bell came back into the spotlight when he was characterized, by conservative media, as a race radical and father of a fringe legal theory as part of a larger attack against President Barack Obama. This conference, “Building the Arc of Justice,” will delve underneath both sensational punditry and overly simplistic praise to critically explore many themes related to the life, legal thought, and legacy of Derrick Bell.

     Information about the Call for Papers is available here. Questions? please contact Professor Bridgette Baldwin at


Conference Location:

Western New England University School of Law

Law School Commons

1215 Wilbraham Road

Springfield, MA 01119-2684


There will be free visitor parking in the Law School parking lots. Upon entering the building, please let security know that you are attending our Conference.

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