Professor Daniel Harawa to Receive the 2023 Derrick A. Bell Jr. Award

Daniel Harawa, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the School of Law’s Appellate Clinic, has been selected to receive the 2023 Derrick A. Bell Jr. Award, given by the Minority Law Teacher’s Section of the Association of American Law Schools. The award is named after Professor Derrick A. Bell, Jr., the first African-American professor to receive tenure at Harvard Law School, and pays tribute to the works of “a junior faculty member who, through activism, mentoring, colleagueship, teaching or scholarship, has made an extraordinary contribution to legal education, the legal system, or social justice.”

Professor Harawa’s research primarily focuses on race and the criminal legal system, with a particular interest in studying how doctrine, institutional design, and litigation practice contribute to the subordination of people of color. Building from his extensive practice experience, his research also contemplates novel innovations to limit the influence of race in the criminal legal process. Recent papers include “Lemonade: A Racial Justice Reframing of The Roberts Court’s Criminal Jurisprudence,” published in the California Law Review, “Antiracism in Action,” published in the Washington and Lee Law Review, and “Whitewashing the Fourth Amendment,” forthcoming in the Georgetown Law Journal.

Professor Harawa will be honored at the AALS Annual Meeting luncheon in San Diego, CA in January 2023.