William M. Carter, Jr.
William M. Carter Jr. is currently Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Prior to joining Pitt Law in July 2012, Carter was Professor of Law at the Temple University Beasley School of Law and Case Western Reserve Law School, focusing his scholarship in the areas of constitutional law, civil procedure, political and civil rights, and litigation.
Upon graduation from law school, Dean Carter worked as a litigation associate in the Washington, D.C. offices of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey and Ropes & Gray.
- Constitutional Law
- Civil Rights
- Civil Procedure
- International Human Rights
- The Thirteenth Amendment and Constitutional Reform, ____ NYU Rev. of Law & Social Change ____ (forthcoming, 2014)
- The Use, Abuse, and Non-Use of International Law in the United States and France, No. 02/14, Jean Monnet Working Paper Series of The Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice at NYU School of Law (2014) (co-authored with Vivian Curran) (available at http://www.jeanmonnetprogram.org/papers/14/documents/JMWP02cartercurran.pdf)
- The Promises of Freedom: The Contemporary Relevance of the Thirteenth Amendment, 85 Temple L. Rev. 867 (2013)
- The Thirteenth Amendment and Pro-Equality Speech, 112 Columbia Law Review 1855 (2012). Available on SSRN.
- Affirmative Action as Government Speech, 59 UCLA L. Rev. 2 (2011) (lead article). Available on SSRN.
- The Paradox of Political Power: Post-Racialism, Equal Protection, and Democracy, 61 Emory L. J. 1123 (2012). Available on SSRN.
- The Thirteenth Amendment, Interest Convergence, and the Badges and Incidents of Slavery, 71 Maryland L. Rev. 21 (2012). Available on SSRN.
- Treaties as Law and the Rule of Law, 69 Maryland L. Rev. 344 (2010). Available on SSRN.
- Race, Rights, and the Thirteenth Amendment: Defining the Badges and Incidents of Slavery, 40 U.C. Davis Law Review 1311 (2007) (lead article). Available on SSRN.
- A Thirteenth Amendment Framework for Combating Racial Profiling, 39 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 17 (2004) (lead article). Available on SSRN.
- The Mote in thy Brother’s Eye (review of Human Rights as Politics and Idolatry by Michael Ignatieff), 20 Berkeley Journal of Int’l Law 496 (2002) (invited essay). Available on SSRN.
- The Badges and Incidents of Slavery: Historical Context and Contemporary Application, forthcoming in The Legal Parameters of Slavery (Jean Allain, ed.) (Oxford Univ. Press, 2012).
- Toward a Thirteenth Amendment Exclusionary Rule as a Remedy for Racial Profiling, in The Promises of Liberty: The History and Contemporary Relevance of the Thirteenth Amendment (Alexander Tsesis, ed.) (Columbia Univ. Press, 2010). Available on SSRN.
Selected Scholarly Presentations
- Derrick A. Bell Lecturer on Race in American Society at NYU Law School, on The Thirteenth Amendment and the Legacies of Slavery (November 2013) (http://www.law.nyu.edu/news/william-carter-jr-delivers-the-18th-annual-derrick-bell-lecture-on-the-13th-amendment)
- Clifford Scott Green Memorial Lecturer at Temple Law School, on The Promises of Freedom: The Contemporary Relevance of the Thirteenth Amendment" (March 2013) (http://www7.law.temple.edu/news-and-events/dean-william-m-carter-presents-2013-clifford-scott-green-lecture/)
- Inaugural Lecturer at UCLA Law School’s Scholar Lecture Series, on Affirmative Action as Government Speech (October 2011) (http://www.uclalawreview.org/wordpress/?p=2591)
- Arthur W. Fiske Memorial Lecturer at CWRU Law School, on Affirmative Action as Government Speech (October 2010) (webcast available at http://law.case.edu/Lectures/Webcast.aspx?dt=20101004&type=flv)
- Presented The Use, Abuse, and Non-Use of International Law in the United States Legal Order at joint NYU Law School-Sorbonne (Paris 1) symposium in Paris, France (July 2013). Other panelists included Joseph Weiler (NYU Law School), Vicki Jackson (Harvard Law School), Mitchell Lasser (Cornell Law School), Barry Carter (Georgetown Law School), Tom Ginsburg (University of Chicago Law School), and Helene Ruiz Fabri (Dean and Professor, Sorbonne Law School).
- Presented Defining the Badges and Incidents of Slavery and A Thirteenth Amendment Framework for Combating Racial Profiling at Cornell Law School Law & Humanities Colloquium (April 2012)
- Presented The Badges and Incidents of Slavery: Historical Context and Contemporary Application at the Association for Law, Property & Society Annual Meeting at Georgetown Law School (March 2012)
- Presented The Thirteenth Amendment and Anti-Racist Speech at Columbia Law School symposium titled “The Thirteenth Amendment: Meaning, Enforcement, and Contemporary Implications.” Other panelists included Akhil Amar (Yale Law School), Jack Balkin (Yale Law School), Richard Delgado (Seattle Law School), Eric Foner (Columbia University), and Jamal Greene (Columbia Law School) (http://www.columbialawreview.org/information/symposium) (January 2012)
- Commentator and panelist, Harvard Law School conference titled "The Legal Parameters of Slavery: Historical to the Contemporary," co-sponsored by Harvard Law School's Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, Harvard University’s W.E.B. Dubois Institute, and Harvard's Sociology Department (August 2011)
- Presented Affirmative Action as Government Speech at a constitutional law roundtable organized by Mark Tushnet of Harvard Law School in conjunction with the American Constitution Society’s National Convention (June 2011)
- Presented A Thirteenth Amendment Framework for Combating Racial Profiling at UNC-Chapel Hill Law School (April 2011)
- Presented The Thirteenth Amendment as Intersectional Constitutionalism, UCLA Law School, Fourth Annual Critical Race Studies Symposium (March 2010). Other panelists included Catharine MacKinnon (Univ. of Mich. Law School), Devon Carbado (UCLA Law School), and Mari Matsuda (Georgetown Law School).
- Panelist, “Slavery, Abolition, and Human Rights: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Thirteenth Amendment,” University of Chicago Law School (April 2009). The conference featured law professors, historians, and sociologists whose work focuses on the post-Civil War constitutional amendments and the legacy of slavery. Other presenters included Geoffrey Stone (Univ. of Chicago Law School), Risa Goluboff (Univ. of Virginia Law School), and William Forbath (Univ. of Texas-Austin Law School).
- Speaker, University of Pennsylvania Law School, on the topic "The Social Responsibility of the Black Legal Community" (February 2008)
- Panelist at Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) event on the topic of human rights and U.S. civil rights law. The OSCE delegation was co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the Cleveland Council on World Affairs (August 2007).
- Panelist, Association for the Study of Law, Culture, & Humanities Annual Meeting at Georgetown University Law Center, on the Thirteenth Amendment (March 2007)
- Presented a briefing to the Congressional Human Rights Caucus at the U.S. Capitol Building regarding women’s human rights, property rights, and socioeconomic status in sub-Saharan Africa (September 2006). Congressman Kucinich, congressional staffers, and members of the public and media attended the briefing.
Awards and Honors
- 2014 Leadership Excellence Award from the National Diversity Council
- Named to Lawyers of Color Magazine’s Annual “Power List” (2014 and 2015)
- Professor of the Year, CWRU Law School (2005)
- 1L Professor of the Year, CWRU Law School (2003 and 2004)
Selected Professional Activities
- Pennsylvania Supreme Court Commission on Judicial Independence (2014-present) (appointed by the Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court).
- President's Advisory Committee on Women, Case Western Reserve University, Member, 2003-2006. Member of committee reporting directly to the University President, charged with examining the role of and opportunities for women in the university community
- Ohio Racial Fairness Report Project, Board Member, 2002-2006. Board member of independent non-profit organization implementing bar association and Ohio Supreme Court recommendations on improving racial fairness in the justice system
- Ugandan Women’s Rights Project, Adviser, 2006-2007. Pro bono legal adviser to coalition of Ugandan NGOs in preparation of grant proposals and meeting with U.S. Congressional Human Rights Caucus regarding women’s human rights, property rights, and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa
- Peer Reviewer, The International Journal of Constitutional Law (a joint publication of NYU Law School and Oxford University Press)