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Mario Barnes: Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development, and Co-Director, Center on Law, Equality and Race

Jamillah Bowman: Visiting Scholar, American Bar Foundation. Bowman received her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2011 and her Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford in 2013. Her research focuses on the effectiveness of antidiscrimination law, and the capacity of law to promote compliance and social change.  More specifically, she uses social psychological theory and empirical analysis to examine the impact of antidiscrimination law on the individuals it was intended to protect.   Before joining the ABF, Bowman worked as an associate in the Employment Law practice of Paul Hastings, LLP in Chicago, IL where she specialized in conducting privileged diagnostics of employment processes and advising employers on diversity/inclusion programs.

Jeannette Colyvas: Assistant Professor of Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy. Her research interests include organizations and entrepreneurship, comparing public, private, and non-profit forms of organizing, and the study of networks. Professor Colyvas teaches the course Tools for Organizational Analysis at Northwestern and while at Stanford co-taught graduate courses on the nonprofit sector with Professor Walter W. Powell. Her published work has appeared in the journals Management Science and Research in Organizational Behavior. Professor Colyvas' current research addresses university-industry relations, scientist collaboration networks, and the development and commercialization of academic research. Professor Colyvas has a Ph.D. from Stanford University, with M.A. degrees in Sociology and East Asian Studies.

Iole Fargnoli: Professor of Roman Law and Director of the Romanist Institute, University of Bern. Fargnoli is full professor for Roman law and head of the Institute of Roman law at the University of Berne since 2011. Since 2005 she is an associate professor at the “Università degli Studi di Milano." Born and grown up in Como (Italy), graduated in Jurisprudence 1990-1994 at the “Università degli Studi di Milano" and completed her PhD at the “Università degli Studi di Catanzaro Magna Graecia” in 2001. She was visiting researcher and professor at the Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn, at the Universität Graz, at “Universidad de Santiago de Compostela”, at the University of Aberdeen, in China, in particular at the University of Xiamen, at the American Bar Foundation and at the University of Minnesota Law School. Her main scientific interests are the Roman law of obligations, legal history of the late antiquity, and the Roman law as the foundation of European legal culture.

David John Frank: Professor of Sociology and Courtesy Professor of Education and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. He studies changes in the cultural infrastructure of world society, with special focus on global environmental protection, the university and the knowledge society, and the criminal regulation of sex. He holds degrees in sociology from Stanford and the University of Chicago. Before coming to Irvine in 2002, he was on the faculty at Harvard University.

Renee Knake: Professor of Law, Associate Professor, Accounting & Information Systems, Eli Broad College of Business, Co-Director, Kelley Institute of Ethics and the Legal Profession, and Director, 21st Century Law Practice Summer Program in London, Michigan State University. Knake received her J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School in 1999. Professor Knake's expertise and research interests include the First Amendment and the regulation of attorney speech; legal ethics; and comparative regulation of the legal profession in the United Kingdom and United States. Her scholarly articles have been published in top academic journals such as Connecticut Law Review, Fordham Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, and Washington & Lee Law Review. She is also a co-author for the casebook Professional Responsibility: A Contemporary Approach (West Publishing).

Mary Szto: Associate Professor, Hamline University. Szto teaches Contracts, Property, Torts, Business Organizations, and seminars in Chinese law, and race and the law. Her recent scholarship focuses on U.S. real estate agents and fiduciary duties; gender and the Chinese legal profession; and the relationship between traditional Chinese ritual and law. She has also served on the faculties of Pepperdine and Regent Law Schools and spent time as a visiting professor at Hofstra, Santa Clara, Suffolk, Touro, the University of Detroit Mercy, and Xiamen University (China) Law Schools. Prior to entering teaching, Szto practiced commercial law in New York City and co-founded a legal aid organization.

Nicole Martorano Van Cleve: Assistant Professor, Temple University. She is the current co-chair of LSA’s Collaborative Research Network on Critical Research on Race and the Law. Van Cleve received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University where she was a legal studies fellow. Her work examines the cultural impact of mass incarceration on criminal justice apparatuses. She explores the contradictory ways that racial stigma is reproduced by these institutions in a purportedly, “colorblind” era. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Northwestern University where she was awarded the Farrel Grant for Public Policy and the Badesch Fellowship from the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice. Nicole’s chapter, “Reinterpreting the Zealous Advocate: Multiple Intermediary Roles of the Criminal Defense Attorney” is in the book, Lawyers in Practice: Ethical Decision Making in Context (Leslie Levin and Lynn Mather eds., University of Chicago Press, 2011) and was the winner of the 2010 Outstanding Graduate Paper presented by the Sociology of Law Section of the American Sociological Association.

Her current book project, tentatively entitled, Code of the Courts: Racialized Justice in a Colorblind Era is under contract with Stanford University Press and examines some of the classic questions about how our criminal courts function by engaging race as a central variable. She shows how color-blind legal institutions reproduce racial bias, systematically, and under the guise of procedural justice. Ultimately, her account reveals the courts as “the cultural engine” and crucial gateway for the racialization of criminal justice - where racism and discretion collide with dire effects to both the experience and appearance of justice.

Prior to receiving her Ph.D., Van Cleve served in The Office of the Chief of Staff at the White House during the Clinton Administration and subsequently worked for five years as a Consumer Brand Planner for Leo Burnett, USA. She is the outgoing Research Director for Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice - a policy/nonprofit organization that specialized in legal advocacy. She teaches courses on Race and Justice, Criminal Courts and the Law, and Criminological Theory, and is an adviser for the McNair Scholars Program.

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