A Legacy of Teaching

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In this essay, Professor R.A. Lenhardt describes the lasting educational legacy of Professor Derrick Bell.  Using a Bell article entitled “Humanity in Legal Education” as its starting point, the essay explores Bell’s emphasis on social justice and “conscience” in legal instruction.  In particular, it discusses the impact that Bell’s unique approach to teaching law had on students enrolled at Harvard Law School in the 1990s, where Professor Bell taught before a much publicized protest leave.

Professor Lenhardt specializes in matters pertaining to race, intimacy, and citizenship.  A former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer, Prof. Lenhardt holds an A.B. degree in English from Brown University; a J.D. from Harvard Law School; an M.P.A. from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government; and an L.L.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center.  Professor Lenhardt has published numerous book chapters and articles in journals such as the California Law Review, the New York University Law Review, and the UCLA Law Review.