B. Wolff, Member, Board of Directors
Barrington Wolff is emerging as one of the leading lights among
the new generation of public-law scholars. He has been a professor
at the University of California, Davis Law School since 2000 and
was a visiting professor at Stanford Law School in the 2003-04
year, at Northwestern Law School in fall 2005, and at the University
of Pennsylvania Law School in fall 2006.
academic work spans the fields of Civil Procedure and Constitutional
Law, and his advocacy work has included participation in some
of the highest profile gay rights cases of the last several years.
Wolff's work in Constitutional Law includes a substantial focus
on issues of racial justice and the history of race relations
in America. He published "The Thirteenth Amendment and Slavery
in the Global Economy" in 2002, an article that analyzes
the application of antislavery principles to the modern forced
labor practices of multinational corporations and has already
been recognized as one of the most important contributions to
Thirteenth Amendment scholarship in recent years.
ongoing work in this field includes research projects on abolition
and foreign slavery practices following the Civil War, and the
history of lynching in the United States and its relationship
to the Reconstruction Amendments and the Eighth Amendment. In
2005, he published "The Pimple on Adonis's Nose: A Dialogue
on the Concept of Merit in the Affirmative Action Debate"
with his co-author and father, the philosopher Robert Paul Wolff.
Wolff's constitutional scholarship also focuses on free speech
values and the First Amendment. He is one of the nation's leading
authorities on the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
policy and has published the definitive works on the First Amendment
implications of that policy - "Political Representation and
Accountability Under Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and "Compelled
Affirmations, Free Speech, and the U.S. Military's Don't Ask,
Don't Tell Policy."
has also done substantial work in the field of Civil Procedure
and Conflict of Laws, with a co-authored casebook, articles on
"Preclusion in Class Action Litigation" and "Interest
Analysis in Interjurisdictional Marriage Disputes," and a
forthcoming article on "The Class Action Fairness Act and
the New Paradox of Federal Aggregation Policy."
the spring of 2003, Professor Wolff was chosen as the commencement
speaker for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall School of Law at
his home institution, U.C. Davis. He is a frequent commentator
on constitutional law issues in general and gay and lesbian issues
in particular, and his advocacy work has included participation
in cases filed in Hawai'i, Alaska and California seeking equal
rights for gay and lesbian couples.
entering academia, Professor Wolff was a litigator at the firm
of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York and
a judicial clerk for the Honorable Betty Binns Fletcher and the
Honorable William A. Norris, both of the Ninth Circuit Federal
Court of Appeals. He is a proud native of New York City and, despite
six years in California, still crosses streets like an inveterate
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