UCLA School of Law professor Devon Carbado has been named the 2018-19 William H. Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity and Law at the American Bar Foundation. The appointment is among the highest positions dedicated to the promotion of diversity and equality in the legal profession.
Carbado is the Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law at UCLA Law, where he has served on the faculty since 1997. A leading scholar in critical race theory and constitutional law, Carbado focuses his scholarship on employment discrimination, criminal procedure and identity. He is a widely cited and published author of several works, including, with Mitu Gulati, the groundbreaking book Acting White? Rethinking Race In “Post-Racial” America (Oxford University Press, 2013). Carbado has also co-edited books addressing the experience of runaway slaves and the work of civil rights activist Bayard Rustin. He is a core faculty member of UCLA Law’s Critical Race Studies program.
In addition, Carbado currently serves as UCLA’s associate vice chancellor of BruinX for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, through which he oversees an array of initiatives aimed at bolstering the university’s efforts to maintain a campus that welcomes and educates people of all backgrounds and viewpoints. He has won numerous awards for his work in the classroom and in service to the university, including UCLA Law’s Professor of the Year award and Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching, and UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
Last fall, Carbado was named an inaugural Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equality. In 2005, he was one of the first recipients of the Fletcher Foundation Fellowship, which goes to scholars whose work furthers the goals of the Supreme Court’s landmark school desegregation ruling, Brown v. Board of Education.
Established in 2014, the Neukom Fellows Research Chair leads the American Bar Foundation’s empirical research on issues related to diversity and the inequality that women, people of color, people with disabilities and members of the LGBT community encounter in the justice system. UCLA Law Dean Emerita Rachel Moran was the first Neukom Fellows Research Chair.
In accepting the award, Carbado said, “I am thrilled an honored to be the 2018-19 William H. Neukom Research Chair in Diversity and Law at the American Bar Foundation.”
He said that, as a Neukom Fellow, he will work on two books on race, both of which are under contract. The 4th: From Stop and Frisk to Shoot and Kill With One Amendment focuses on race and police violence. And Critical Race Judgments: Rewritten Court Opinions on Race, an edited volume with Bennett Capers, Angela Onwuachi-Willig and Robin Lenhardt, is, Carbado said, “part of a broader effort to reimagine past court decisions from a range of scholarly perspectives.”