Derrick Bell’s Children


In this essay, Professor Capers examines Bell’s “Chronicle of the Space Traders,” in particular his use of storytelling as a device to tell truths about the law, and Bell’s role as a father figure to so many scholars of color.  But being a father figure has its own consequences, as Professor Capers reminds us.

Professor Capers graduated from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in literature from Princeton University.  Following law school, he served as a law clerk to Judge John S. Martin, Jr., in the Southern District of New York before joining the Department of Justice as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York.  His scholarship focuses on race, gender, and crime.  He teaches at Brooklyn Law School, and was formerly on the faculty of Hofstra Law School.