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2018-19 Neukom Chair: Devon Carbado

Devon Carbado


Devon Carbado was appointed as the ABF's  2018-19 William H. Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity and Law. Carbado is associate vice chancellor of BruinX for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the honorable Harry Pregerson professor of law at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law. He is a renowned law professor and legal scholar who teaches Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law, Critical Race Theory and Criminal Adjudication at UCLA School of Law.

During his year at Neukom Fellows Chair, Carbado worked on two book projects: The first focuses on race and police violence and is entitled, "The 4th: From Stop and Frisk to Shoot and Kill with One Amendment," and is under contract with the New Press; the second, entitled, 'Critical Race Judgments: Rewritten Court Opinions on Race,' is an edited volume with Bennet Capers, Angela Onwuachi-Willig, and Robin Lenhardt. Under contract with Cambridge University Press'Critical Race Judgments' is part of a broader effort to reimage past court decisions from a range of scholarly perspectives.    

Carbado joined the faculty at UCLA School of Law in 1997 and served as vice dean for faculty and research at the law school from 2006-2007 and 2009-2010. He has received many teaching awards, including Professor of the Year by UCLA School of Law classes of 2000 and 2006, the Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2003, the UCLA Academic Senate's Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Eby Award for the Art of Teaching in 2007. Carbado has also served as the Shikes Fellow in Civil Liberties and visiting professor of law at Harvard Law School in 2012. He was named an inaugural recipient of the Fletcher Foundation Fellowship in 2005, which is modeled on the Guggenheim fellowships and awarded to scholars whose research furthers the goals of Brown v. Board of EducationCarbado is a board member of the African American Policy Forum. 

Carbado writes in the areas of employment discrimination, criminal procedure, constitutional law, and identity and is currently working on a series of articles related to race, law, and police violence. He is the author of "Acting White? Rethinking Race in 'Post-Racial' America" (with Mitu Gulati) (Oxford University Press) and the editor of several volumes, including "Race Law Stories" (with Rachel Moran) (Foundation Press); "The Long Walk to Freedom: Runaway Slave Narratives" (with Donald Weise) (Beacon Press); and "Time on Two Crosses: The Collective Writings of Bayard Rustin" (with Donald Weise) (Cleis Press).

Carbado received his Bachelor of Arts from UCLA in 1991 and his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1994. While at Harvard, he was editor in chief of the Harvard Black Letter Law Journal, a member of the Board of Student Advisers, and winner of the Northeast Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition.

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