Inaugural Delgado/Stefancic Distinguished Lecture featuring Devon Carbado

Friday, 12 April 2024 at 01:00 PM

Dean Anthony E. Varona and Seattle University School of Law invite you to the inaugural Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic Distinguished Lecture featuring Devon Carbado, the Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Event time 

Distinguished Lecture: 1-2 p.m.

Reception: 2-2:30 p.m.

Event location

Distinguished Lecture: Room C5, Sullivan Hall

Reception: Court Level Gallery, Sullivan Hall

Join by Zoom:

Meeting ID: 978 7714 4449
Passcode: 649720

About Devon Carbado

Devon Carbado is the Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law and the former associate vice chancellor of BruinX for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. He teaches Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law, Critical Race Theory, and Criminal Adjudication. He has won numerous teaching awards, including being elected Professor of the Year by the UCLA School of Law classes of 2000 and 2006, and receiving the law school's Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2003 and the University's Distinguished Teaching Award, the Eby Award for the Art of Teaching, in 2007. In 2005, Professor Carbado was an inaugural recipient of the Fletcher Foundation Fellowship. Modeled on the Guggenheim fellowships, it is awarded to scholars whose work furthers the goals of Brown v. Board of Education. In 2018, he was named an inaugural recipient of the Atlantic Philanthropies Fellowship for Racial Equity.

Professor Carbado writes in the areas of employment discrimination, criminal procedure, implicit bias, constitutional law, and critical race theory. His scholarship appears in law reviews at UCLA, Berkeley, Harvard, Michigan, Cornell, and Yale, among other venues. He is the author of "Acting White? Rethinking Race in 'Post-Racial' America" (Oxford University Press) with Mitu Gulati and the editor of several volumes, including "Race Law Stories" (Foundation Press) with Rachel Moran, "The Long Walk to Freedom: Runaway Slave Narratives" (Beacon Press) with Donald Weise, and "Time on Two Crosses: The Collective Writings of Bayard Rustin" (Cleis Press) with Donald Weise. A board member of the African American Policy Forum, Professor Carbado was the Shikes Fellow in Civil Liberties and Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School in 2012.

Professor Carbado graduated from Harvard Law School in 1994. At Harvard, he 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. Carbado joined the UCLA School of Law faculty in 1997. He served as vice dean for Faculty and Research at the law school from 2006-07, and again from 2009-10. Professor Carbado is currently working on a series of articles on affirmative action and a book on race, law, and police violence.

About Richard Delgado

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 180 journal articles and 25 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.

Stanley Fish described his career and book, "The Rodrigo Chronicles," 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."

His honors and awards include an honorary doctorate from the City University of New York and a residency at the Rockefeller-Bellagio Study Center. He is the eighth-most cited legal scholar in U.S. history, according to HeinOnline 2013.

At the University of Alabama he served as the John J. Sparkman Chair of Law.

About Jean Stefancic

Jean Stefancic writes about law reform, social change, and legal scholarship. She has written and co-authored fifty articles and fifteen books, many with her husband Richard Delgado. Their book, "Critical White Studies: Looking Behind the Mirror," won a Gustavus Myers award for outstanding book on human rights in North America in 1998.

Her book, "How Lawyers Lose Their Way: A Profession Fails Its Creative Minds," examines the causes of lawyers' unhappiness. An earlier book, "No Mercy: How Conservative Think Tanks and Foundations Changed America's Social Agenda," is "a superb guide to the right wing counter-revolution which has changed the face of America," according to one reviewer; was described by Jonathan Kozol as an "enormously valuable book, written with remarkable contrast and even-handedness;" praised by Herbert Gans, as a "careful and comprehensive accounting of who did what in trying to kill liberal programs and policies;" and recommended by the New York Law Journal as a "clarion call to those of us who have too long remained complacent that things will return to the more humane thinking of the bygone Great Society."

Her awards and honors include Derrick Bell Legacy Award, Critical Race Studies in Education Association, 2013. Fellow, Bogliasco Foundation, Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities, Genoa, Italy, 2001. Scholar in Residence, Rockefeller Foundation International Study Center, Bellagio, Italy, 1993.

During her ten years at the University of Colorado Law School, she was affiliated with the Latino/a Research & Policy Center and on the advisory committee of the Center of the American West. While teaching at the University of Pittsburgh law school, she was Research Professor & Derrick Bell Scholar. At the University of Alabama she served as Professor & Clement Research Affiliate.

About the Delgado/Stefancic Lecture Series

Taking place annually, the Delgado/Stefancic Lecture honors the lifetime contributions of Seattle U Law Professors Delgado and Stefancic to critical outsider jurisprudence by bringing to the Seattle U Law community a scholar who has made significant contributions to critical scholarship.

Acclaimed law professors who previously served on the faculty, Delgado and Stefancic returned to Seattle U Law in the summer of 2022. As leading authors and theorists on race and social change in the United States, they have published numerous books and articles over their remarkable careers that have explored groundbreaking legal frameworks, including critical race theory.

Sullivan Hall, Seattle University