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Nationally Recognized Expert on Civil and Political Rights of African-Americans to Speak at WSU Law School

August 27, 2007

D. Marvin JonesDETROIT (August 27, 2007) –  D. Marvin Jones, a Baltimore native and Professor of law at the University of Miami, will address the Wayne State University Law School community in a lecture titled “From Welcome Mat to Keep Out Sign: The Power of Racial Narrative in the Affirmative Action Debate” from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, 2007, in the Spencer Partrich Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

“Wayne State University Law School is honored to welcome D. Marvin Jones,” said Wayne State University Law School Dean Frank H. Wu. “Mr. Jones is an expert in his field and is highly regarded in the legal community.”

Jones’ writing focuses on how racial narratives find their way not only into our perceptions of others but how these narratives – in the midst of our modernity – seep into public policy, art and criminal trials. His work, which brings together law, history and American literature, speaks to all audiences interested in civil rights, popular culture and the meaning of race in the 21st century.

Jones has lectured nationally at the nation’s leading law schools and colleges including Harvard, Yale and the University of Michigan.  He has published widely in the nations best law journals, including the Georgetown Law Journal, the University of Michigan Law Journal and the Vanderbilt Law Journal. His essays also appear in books including Chapter 13 of “Critical White Studies: Looking Behind the Mirror” (1997) and an essay on Dred Scott in Michael Higgenbotham’s “Race and the Law” (2003). Jones also recently published an acclaimed book entitled, “Race, Sex, and Suspicion: The Myth of the Black Male (Greenwood Press).

In 1997, Professor Jones was awarded the James Thomas prize by Yale University recognizing him as one the most “innovative” legal scholars in the United States. Jones has appeared on PBS’  “Frontline,” CNN’s “Burden of Proof,” “The O’Reilly Factor” and Michael Putney’s “The Week in Review.” He is also a frequent contributor to the editorial pages of The Miami Herald and the Miami Times.
For more information regarding this event, please contact Robin Dortenzio, Wayne State University Law School Special Events Coordinator, at robind@wayne.edu or at (313) 577-3934.

Founded in 1927 as Detroit City Law School, Wayne State University Law School is the only public law school in the Detroit metropolitan area.  The Law School is accredited by the ABA and is a member of AALS; has five live-client clinics; the Arthur Neef Law Library with a collection of over 620,000 volumes in a variety of formats; and a state-of-the-art building with lecture and court facilities, multi-media and distance learning classrooms, and offices for student groups. The Law School currently has 800 students and approximately 11,000 living alumni working in 48 states and 15 foreign countries.

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