Derrick Bell and Me

59 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2019 Last revised: 11 Jul 2019

Date Written: March 8, 2019


This paper describes Professor Derrick Bell’s life in the law, assesses his writings, appraises his struggles at Harvard Law School, and recounts his relationship with a colleague, Randall Kennedy, for whom he was a mentor, friend, and adversary. 

Suggested Citation

Kennedy, Randall L, Derrick Bell and Me (March 8, 2019). Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 19-13, Available at SSRN: or

Randall L Kennedy (Contact Author)

Harvard Law School ( email )

1575 Massachusetts
Hauser 406
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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