Black, Derek


Derek Black's areas of expertise include education law and policy, constitutional law, civil rights, evidence, and torts. The primary focus of his scholarship is educational equality for disadvantaged students, although he has also published extensively on issues relating to intentional discrimination. His scholarship has been cited in the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals and by various briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Biographical Profile

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Interest Background

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Professional Preparation(Education & Training)

Dates Institution Location Degree Field of Study
05/2012 University of North Carolina School of Law Chapel Hill, NC J.D., High Honors; Order of the Coif
05/1999 University of Tennessee Nashville, TN B.A., Summa Cum Laude Majors: African and African American Studies, Philosophy, and Political Science

Memberships & Professional Activities

Dates Type Description Institution/Entity
2009 - Present Professional Activity Steering Committee National Coalition for School Diversity

Positions & Appointments

Dates Description Institution/Entity
04/2008 - 04/2010 Consultant National Alliance of Black School Educators, Washington, DC
08/2008 - 06/2012 Associate Professor of Law Howard University School of Law
10/2008 - 06/2012 Director and Founder, Education Rights Center Howard University School of Law
11/2008 - 01/2009 U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Team Member Presidential Transition Team, Civil Rights Cluster, Washington, DC
05/2010 - 05/2011 Consultant, UNC Center for Civil Rights University of North Carolina School of Law
08/2010 - 07/2011 Visiting Associate Professor of Law University of North Carolina School of Law
06/2012 - Present Professor of Law University of South Carolina School of Law
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