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Derrick Bell to Deliver Deloria Lecture

Internationally-known law professor, author, and activist Derrick Bell will deliver the inaugural Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program Vine Deloria, Jr. Lecture on March 14th at the James E. Rogers College of Law.

The IPLP Vine Deloria, Jr. Lecture Series presents:
Derrick A. Bell, Jr.
“Interest Convergence: A Shooting Star Scenario”
Friday, March 14th, 2008
Noon - 1:00
James E. Rogers College of Law
Room 140

The lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and is limited.  Visitor parking is available for a fee at several parking garages near campus.  A visitor parking map can be viewed at  Because the College of Law is currently under construction, attendees should enter from the northwest side of the College of Law building at Helen St. and Santa Rita Ave., where there will be directional signs.

Professor Bell is a leading voice in civil rights debates and national policy discussions on race and the law. He has played a major role in the development of Critical Race Theory and the examination of race and ethnicity in the context of contemporary U.S. economic, social, and political conditions. Throughout his 40-year career as a lawyer, activist, teacher, and writer, he has provoked his students and critics and challenged readers and the legal establishment with his uncompromising candor, piercing intellect, and original progressive views. Bell teaches and writes on constitutional law issues as a Visiting Professor at New York School of Law. He was formerly a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Dean of the University of Oregon School of Law. Much of Bell’s scholarship was informed by his time working as a lawyer and as a leader of an NAACP local chapter. He has worked with many of the pre-eminent civil rights attorneys and advocates of the twentieth century, including Thurgood Marshall and Constance Baker Motley.

His many publications have earned acclaim from both law and lay audiences, with book titles including:  Ethical Ambition: Living a Life of Meaning and Worth (Bloomsbury, 2002); Brown v. Board of Education and the Unfulfilled Hopes for Racial Reform (Oxford Press, 2004); Race, Racism and American Law (Little Brown & Co, 2000).

The recipient of honorary degrees from numerous institutions, including Pace University Law School, Allegheny College, Mercy College, Tougaloo College and Northeastern University Law School, Professor Bell received his undergraduate degree from Duquesne University in 1952, and a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh Law School in 1957.

 Professor Bell’s lecture is part of a continuing series of distinguished speakers and experts hosted by The University of Arizona Rogers College of Law Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program. Details on the many public lectures and events sponsored by the IPLP program each academic year are available at:

The Deloria Lecture has been established by the IPLP Program as a tribute to the memory and work of Vine Deloria, Jr. (1933-2005), who taught at the College as IPLP Distinguished Scholar in Residence and Visiting Professor from 2001-2005. Professor Deloria helped establish the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy LL.M. Degree Program at its founding in 2001.

During his remarkable life, Vine Deloria, Jr. created many noteworthy legacies as the preeminent American Indian scholar of the twentieth century. He was an internationally respected advocate for indigenous peoples rights, and a teacher, mentor and inspiration to the countless students, teachers and tribal leaders who carry on his vision today.

The lecture will be available at after March 19, 2008. Additional information on general Arizona Law activities is available at