Classified: The Untold Story of Racial Classification in America

Classified: The Untold Story of Racial Classification in America

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 | Room 100, Berkeley Law

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The Public Law & Policy Program at Berkeley Law presents a discussion with Professor David Bernstein. In an increasingly diverse society with high rates of intergroup marriage, the American system of racial classification is getting even more arbitrary and absurd. With rising ethno-nationalism threatening democracy around the world, it’s also dangerous. Classified argues that the time has come to consider abolishing official racial classification and replace it with the separation of race and state.


Professor David E. Bernstein

David E. Bernstein is the George Mason University Foundation Professor at the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia, where he has been teaching since 1995.

He has been a visiting professor at Brooklyn Law School, Georgetown Law Center, University of Michigan Law School, and William and Mary Law School.

Professor Bernstein teaches Constitutional Law I and II, Evidence, Expert and Scientific Evidence, and Products Liability. He is a contributor to the popular Volokh Conspiracy blog.

A prolific and often controversial scholar, Professor Bernstein is the author of several books:
Lawless: The Obama Administration’s Unprecedented Assault on the Constitution and the Rule of Law (Encounter Books 2015)

A Conspiracy against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Health Care Case (Palgrave Macmillan 2013) (pb and hc) (co-author)

Rehabilitating Lochner: Defending Individual Rights against Progressive Reform (University of Chicago Press 2011; pb 2012)

The New Wigmore: Expert Evidence (Aspen Law and Business 2004; 2nd edition 2010) (co-author)

You Can’t Say That! The Growing Threat to Civil Liberties from Antidiscrimination Laws (Cato Institute 2003; pb 2004)

Only One Place of Redress: African-Americans, Labor Regulations, and the Courts from Reconstruction to the New Deal (Duke University Press 2001)

Phantom Risk: Scientific Inference and the Law (MIT Press 1993; pb 1999) (co-editor)

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