Challenging Authority: A Symposium in Honor of Derrick Bell Mar 27, 2014 (All day) - Mar 28, 2014 (All day)

Join us on March 27 & 28th for "Challenging Authority, a celebration of the late Derrick Bell Jr. (LLB ’57),esteemed Pitt Law alumnus, professor, and founder of critical race theory.

A reception will take place the evening of March 27, with opening remarks given by Charles J. Ogletree Jr., the Jesse ClimenkoProfessor of Law and director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice at Harvard Law School. Panel discussions will take place the following day, with a keynote address given by Richard Delgado, the John J. Sparkman Chair of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law and formerly a Distinguished Professor of Law and Derrick Bell fellow at Pitt Law. Panelists will include Pitt Law faculty members Pat Chew, Jules Lobel, and George Taylor as well as the following law faculty members from around the country: Alfred Brophy, Montré Carodine, Paul Finkelman, Andrea Freeman, Juan Perea, SpearIt,and Jean Stefancic.

The closing keynote address will be given by Devon Carbado, Kimberlé Crenshaw, and Cheryl Harris, professors of law at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law and its Critical Race Studies program.

This event is cosponsored by:

  • American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania
  • Black Law Students Association, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Community Empowerment Association
  • University of Pittsburgh Center on Race and Social Problems
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work

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Continuing legal education credit will be available.

Location Information

Location: University of Pittsburgh