Derek W. Black
|Title:||Professor of Law
Class of 1959 Chair for Legal Research
|School of Law|
1525 Senate Street
Derek Black is a Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law. His areas of expertise include education law and policy, constitutional law, civil rights, evidence, and torts. The focus of his current scholarship is the intersection of constitutional law and public education, particularly as it pertains to educational equality and fairness for disadvantaged students. His earlier work focused more heavily on intentional discrimination standards. His articles have been published and are forthcoming in the Stanford Law Review, California Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, Washington University Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Boston University Law Review, William & Mary Law Review, Boston College Law Review, and North Carolina Law Review, among various others. His work has also been cited in the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals and by several briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Prior to teaching, he litigated issues relating to school desegregation, diversity, school finance equity, student discipline, and special education at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He left the Lawyers’ Committee to teach at Howard University School of Law, where he also founded and directed the Education Rights Center.
Professor Black has also taught at the University of North Carolina School of Law and American University Washington College of Law. Beyond teaching, has been active in various outside endeavors, including serving as pro bono counsel in civil rights cases, a consultant to civil rights campaigns, and a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team.
He attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of the Law Review for two years, was awarded the Dan Pollitt ACLU fellowship in his third year, and graduated with High Honors.
- Constitutional Law (LAWS 523)
- Evidence (LAWS 671)
- Civil Rights Seminar (LAWS 737)
- Education Law and Policy (LAWS 766)
- The Constitutional Compromise to Guarantee Education, 70 Stanford Law Review (forthcoming 2018). [SSRN]
- Preferencing Educational Choice: The Constitutional Limits, 102 Cornell Law Review (forthcoming 2018). [SSRN]
- Ending Zero Tolerance: The Crisis of Absolute School Discipine (NYU Press 2016).
- Reforming School Discipline, 111 Northwestern University Law Review (forthcoming 2017). [SSRN]
- Averting Educational Crises, 94 Washington University Law Review (forthcoming 2017). [SSRN]
- The Constitutional Challenge to Teacher Tenure, 104 California L. Rev. 75 (2016). [SSRN]