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University Of Virginia Experts Available For Comment On The U.S. Supreme Court Decision On Affirmative Action

June 13, 2003 -- Several uniquely qualified University of Virginia faculty will be available to comment when the U.S. Supreme Court announces its historic decision in the suits brought against the University of Michigan and its law school. They are experts in affirmative action, both the legal and historical issues, and the implications for higher education.

John C. Jeffries Jr.
Jeffries, dean of the U.Va. Law School, is particularly qualified to comment on affirmative action as he was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr., the swing vote in the Bakke case. He is a biographer of the late Justice Powell. A 1973 graduate of U.Va.’s Law School, Jeffries joined the faculty in 1975. His primary research and teaching interests are criminal law, constitutional law, federal courts and civil rights actions. Since 1975 he also has been an instructor at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va. Jeffries has been a visiting professor of law at the University of Southern California, Yale and Stanford. He was John V. Ray Research Professor from 1989-91, and Horace W. Goldsmith Research Professor from 1992-95. During law school, Jeffries served as editor-in-chief of the Virginia Law Review. He received the Z Award for the highest academic average and the Woods Prize for the outstanding graduate. After his clerkship with Powell, Jeffries served in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant for one year.
Phone: (434) 924-7343

Kim Forde-Mazrui
Forde-Mazrui, associate professor of law, teaches criminal law and constitutional law. His research interests include affirmative action; the relationship between integration, diversity, and cultural preservation; and race in the child-placement process. He was a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where he received the Carl Gussin Memorial Prize for excellence in trial advocacy and the Henry M. Bates Memorial Scholarship, the highest award given to outstanding seniors. He clerked for Judge Cornelia G. Kennedy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and worked as associate with Sidley & Austin in Washington, D.C.
Phone: (434) 924-3299 (o), (434) 293-0772 (h)

Corey D. B. Walker
Walker is an assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies and a project director at the Center for the Study of Local Knowledge at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies. He is available to speak about affirmative action issues associated with the historical Supreme Court decision (Brown v. Board) and the implications it has on the issues today surrounding affirmative action related to higher education. His primary research and teaching interests are in the fields of American and African-American studies, cultural studies, critical theory, philosophy and race, systematic and philosophical theology, African-American religious thought. Walker is currently completing a book titled “The Freemasonry of the Race: African-American Freemasons and the Struggle for Democracy in America.” This project critically examines African-American associational life in rethinking relationships between democracy and association.
Phone: (434) 924-8891, 924-3109 (o)

George A. Rutherglen
Rutherglen came to Virginia’s law faculty in 1976. He teaches admiralty, civil procedure, conflict of laws, employment discrimination, federal courts, philosophy of law, and professional responsibility. While a student at law school, Rutherglen was articles editor of the California Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. After graduation,
he clerked for Judge J. Clifford Wallace of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Diego, then for Justices William O. Douglas and John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. Rutherglen has chaired the advisory committee on Fourth Circuit Rules and served on a Virginia Court of Appeals seminar on modern trends in jurisprudence. He is now director of the Graduate Program for Judges at the Law School.
Phone: (434) 924-7015 (o), (434) 977-0687 (h)

Contact: Lee Graves, (434) 924-6857

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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