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.
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
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)
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)
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
Phone: (434) 924-7015 (o), (434) 977-0687 (h)
Lee Graves, (434) 924-6857