The Center's Scholar-in-Residence Program provides opportunities for law professors and other legal scholars on sabbatical to spend a semester engaged in research, writing and discussion of social justice issues with faculty members and law students at Boalt Hall. Recent practitioners-in-residence have included:
Fall 2007: Bill Quigley
Spring 2007: Eric Yamamoto
Fall 2006: Robert Williams
Spring 2006: Sheryll D. Cashin
Fall 2005: Devon Carbado
Spring 2005: Craig Haney
Fall 2004: Leti Volpp
Spring 2004: Mary Helen McNeal
Fall 2003: Richard Delgado
Professor Quigley has been an active public interest lawyer since 1977. He has served as counsel with a wide range of public interest organizations on issues including Katrina social justice issues, public housing, voting rights, death penalty, living wage, civil liberties, educational reform, constitutional rights and civil disobedience. In addition, he has litigated numerous cases with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., the Advancement Project, and with the ACLU of Louisiana, for which he served as General Counsel for over 15 years.
Bill teaches in the Law Clinic and teaches courses in Law and Poverty and Catholic Social Teaching and Law. His research and writing has focused on living wage, the right to a job, legal services, community organizing as part of effective lawyering, civil disobedience, high stakes testing, international human rights, revolutionary lawyering and a continuing history of how the laws have regulated the poor since colonial times. He has served as an advisor on human and civil rights to Human Rights Watch USA, Amnesty International USA, and served as the Chair of the Louisiana Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights. Bill received the 2006 Camille Gravel Civil Pro Bono Award from the Federal Bar Association New Orleans Chapter. Bill received the 2006 Stanford Law School National Public Service Award and the 2006 National Lawyers Guild Ernie Goodman award. He has also been an active volunteer lawyer with School of the Americas Watch and the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti.
Eric Yamamoto ’78, is an internationally-recognized law professor at the University of Hawai`i William S. Richardson School of Law. He is known for his legal work and scholarship on civil rights and racial justice, with an emphasis on reparations for historic injustice. In 1984 he served as coram nobis co-counsel to Fred Korematsu in the successful reopening the infamous WWII Japanese American internment case, Korematsu v. U.S.. He worked on the legal team for Manuel Fragante in his accent discrimination case to the U.S. Supreme Court and for Alice Aiwohi in her successful Hawaiian Homelands breach of trust class action resulting in a state reparations settlement of $600 million. He has written amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court, most recently as co-author in the Grutter v. Michigan affirmative action case and the Rasul v. Bush post-9/11 Guantanamo Bay mass detention case, as well as a recent amicus brief to the Ninth Circuit in Doe v. Kamemameha.
Professor Yamamoto has published two books and over fifty book chapters and law review articles. His first book on Interracial Justice (conflict and reconciliation among racial communities) received the Gustavus Meyers Award for Outstanding Books on Social Justice for 2000. His second book, Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment, co-authored with Chon, Izumi, Kang and Wu, is receiving national attention in light of its relevance to the post-September 11th tension between national security and civil liberties in America. His recent articles include: “White(House) Lies: Why the Public Must
Compel the Courts to Hold the President Accountable for National Security Abuses,” which provides a strategic roadmap for activists and scholars, and “Contextual Strict Scrutiny,” which coalesces a new methodology for Equal Protection judicial review. His earlier article,“Critical Race Praxis: Race Theory and Political Lawyering,” in the Michigan Law Review, was the centerpiece of a later law review symposium on strategies for connecting racial justice scholarship with frontline advocacy.
Robert A. Williams, Jr . is the E. Thomas Sullivan Professor of Law and American Indian Studies and Director of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program at the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law in Tucson. An enrolled member of the Lumbee Indian Tribe of North Carolina, Professor Williams received his B.A. from Loyola College (1977) and his J.D. from Harvard Law School (1980). He was named the first Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School (2003-2004), having previously served there as Bennet Boskey Distinguished Visiting Lecturer of Law. He is the author of The American Indian in Western Legal Thought: The Discourses of Conquest (Oxford University Press, 1990), which received the Gustavus Meyers Human Rights Center Award as one of the outstanding books published in 1990 on the subject of prejudice in the United States. He has also written Linking Arms Together: American Indian Treaty Visions of Law and Peace, 1600-1800 (Oxford University Press, 1997), and is co-author of Federal Indian Law: Cases and Materials (5 th ed., with David Getches and Charles Wilkinson) (West, 2004). His most recent book is entitled Like a Loaded Weapon: The Rehnquist Court, Indian Rights and the Legal History of Racism in America , published by the University of Minnesota Press (October 2005). Professor Williams has received major grants and awards from the Soros Senior Justice Fellowship Program of the Open Society Institute, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the National Institute of Justice. He has represented tribal groups before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Peoples, and served as co-counsel for Floyd Hicks in the United States Supreme Court case, Nevada v. Hicks (2001 term). Professor Williams presently serves as Chief Justice of the Yavapai-Prescott Apache Tribe Court of Appeals and as Chief Justice for the Court of Appeals, Pascua Yaqui Indian Reservation. He also serves as judge pro tempore for the Tohono O'odham Nation.
Sheryll Cashin, Professor of Law at Georgetown University, teaches Constitutional Law, Local Government Law, and Property among other subjects. She writes about race relations, government and inequality in America. Her new book, The Failures of Integration: How Race and Class are Undermining the American Dream (Public Affairs, 2004) received critical praise in The New York Times Book Review and The Chicago Tribune among other publications. Cashin has published widely in academic journals and written commentaries for several periodicals, including the L.A. Times , Washington Post , and Education Week . A frequent radio and T.V. commentator, she has appeared on NPR All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show, The Tavis Smiley Show, The Newshour With Jim Leher, CNN, BET, ABC News, and numerous local programs.
Professor Cashin worked in the Clinton White House as an advisor on urban and economic policy, particularly concerning community development in inner-city neighborhoods. She was law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 1984 with a bachelorâ€Ts degree in electrical engineering. As a Marshall Scholar, she went on to receive a masters in English Law, with honors , from Oxford University in 1986 and a J.D., with honors , from Harvard Law School, in 1989, where she was a member of the Harvard Law Review. Cashin was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, where her parents were political activists.
Devon Carbado teaches Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law, Critical Race Theory , and Criminal Adjudication . He was elected Professor of the Year by the UCLA School of Law Class of 2000, is the 2003 recipient of the Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching, and was recently awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from Harvard Law School 's Black Law Students Association.
At Harvard, Professor Carbado was editor-in-chief of The Harvard Black Letter Law Journal, a member of the Board of Student Advisors, and winner of the Northeast Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition. After receiving his law degree, he joined Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles as an associate before his appointment as a Faculty Fellow and Visiting Associate Professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law.
Professor Carbado writes in the areas of critical race theory, employment discrimination, criminal procedure, constitutional law, and identity, and is currently studying African-American responses to the internment of Japanese Americans. He is the Director of the Critical Race Studies Concentration at the Law School and a faculty associate of the Center for African American Studies.
Craig Haney is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he has taught since 1977. Professor Haney has a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a J.D. degree from the Stanford Law School. He is a prolific scholar who has published extensively on a wide variety of topics in the general area of psychology and law, including the role of social science in legal decision making. He also has served as a consultant to various governmental agencies, including the White House, Department of Justice, California Legislature, and various state and federal courts. His research, writing, and testimony have been cited in many judicial opinions that address the psychological consequences of incarceration. Professor Haney has testified as an expert witness in many trials around the country, addressing a variety of important issues in the areas of criminal justice and constitutional law.
Leti Volpp (Fall 2004)
After graduating from Columbia Law School, Professor Volpp clerked for Judge Thelton E. Henderson of the Northern District of California. She then was awarded a Skadden Fellowship to work at Equal Rights Advocates and the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project in San Francisco, which she followed with work as a trial attorney at the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and as a staff attorney at the National Employment Law Project in New York. Professor Volpp is the recipient of several awards, including the Derrick A. Bell, Jr. Award presented by the AALS Minority Section, two Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowships, and a MacArthur Foundation Individual Research and Writing Grant. She has delivered the James A. Thomas Lecture at Yale Law School, the Korematsu Lecture at NYU Law School, and the Barbara Black Lecture on Women and the Law at Columbia Law School. Professor Volpp's research focuses on the relationship between migration, culture, identity, and citizenship. Her articles have been published in the Columbia Law Review , the UCLA Law Review , the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review , the U.C. Davis Law Review, Citizenship Studies , the Harvard Women's Law Journal , the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal , and the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities .
Barry Scheck (Fall 2004)
Barry C. Scheck is best known as the DNA expert on the defense team of the O.J. Simpson trial. He was also part of the defense team for Louise Woodward, a British au pair accused of murdering 8-month-old Matthew Eappen in Massachusetts. For 19 years he has been a Professor of Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. He teaches Legal Ethics and is the Director of the Criminal Education and Trial Practice Program. In 1992, as a result of his six years of landmark litigation setting standards for use of DNA evidence in courts throughout the country, he and Peter Neufeld created the Innocence Project at Cardozo Law School.
The Project utilizes DNA evidence to assist wrongly convicted inmates in overturning their convictions. In the past decade, the Innocence Project has either represented or assisted in the representation of 123 men who were exonerated through post- conviction DNA testing. Many of those set free were on death row.
Scheck is a frequently sought-after expert by many federal agencies, including the FBI. He has served as counsel in a variety of civil and criminal cases including the Hedda Nussbaum case--one of the first cases to bring the issue of battered women to the nation's attention--and the Abner Louima sexual assault case, which has become a lightening rod for the issue of police brutality.
Scheck serves as a Commissioner of the Forensic Science Review Board for New York State, an organization that oversees all state crime labs including DNA labs. He is affiliated with many organizations, including the Forensic Science Review Board, which proposes rules and sets standards for labs nationwide, and the American Bar Association's Committee to counsel judges, prosecutors and defense lawyers in high profile cases. He also provides expert assistance to law enforcement officials investigating unsolved crimes, such as the JonBenet Ramsey murder.
The author of several publications on DNA evidence, Scheck co-authored Raising and Litigating Claims of Electronic Surveillance. He also has covered the Oklahoma City Bombing and other high profile trials for NBC News, where he is a Legal Analyst. His latest book, Actual Innocence, was published in 1999 by Doubleday. Scheck received his J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1974. He was a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society in New York for three years before he joined the faculty at Cardozo Law School.
He has been honored for his work by the New York State Bar Association and the New York State Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Scheck serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In 1996 he received their highest award as the Most Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer in America.
The Center for Social Justice is delighted to welcome Professor Mary Helen McNeal as our Spring 2004 Scholar-in-Residence . Mary Helen McNeal is Clinical Director and Professor at the University of Montana School of Law. In addition to directing and teaching in the clinic at Montana, Professor McNeal teaches Public Interest Legal Aid Bureau in Baltimore, Maryland, focusing on elder law. Professor McNeal's scholarship in the equal justice area has focused primarily on ethical issues in poverty law practice. Her research and writing while at Boalt Hall will address perspectives on poverty practice gleaned from her practice experience this fall, "Civil Gideon", particularly in light of provisions in the Montana constitution, and legal services delivery models, especially as they affect rural populations. She is also working on a project that explores the relationship between culture and the practice of law. Professor McNeal will be at Boalt Hall until May 30, 2004. McNeal is located at 433 Boalt North Addition and can be reached at 3-9393, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the leading commentators on race in the United States , Richard Delgado has appeared on Good Morning America, the MacNeil-Lehrer Report, PBS, NPR, the Fred Friendly Show, and Canadian NPR.
Author of over one hundred journal articles and fifteen books, his work has been praised or reviewed in The Nation , The New Republic , the New York Times , Washington Post , and Wall Street Journal . His books have won eight national book prizes, including six Gustavus Myers Awards for outstanding book on human rights in North America , the American Library Association's Outstanding Academic Book, and a Pulitzer Prize nomination. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently listed him as one of three leading Latino public intellectuals. His career and book, The Rodrigo Chronicles , were described by Stanley Fish in the following terms:
Richard Delgado is a triple pioneer. He was the first to question free speech ideology; he and a few others invented critical race theory; and he is both a theorist and an exemplar of the importance of storytelling in the workings of the law. This volume brings all of Delgado's strengths together in a stunning performance.
Delgado lives with his wife, legal writer Jean Stefancic, in the foothills outside Boulder , Colorado .