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  • Bryant Smith Chair in Law



  • The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2002) (with Lani Guinier).
  • Farming & Groundwater: An Introduction (Minneapolis: Agricultural Law and Policy Institute, 1988).


  • Liquid Assets: Groundwater in Texas, 122 Yale Law Journal Online 143 (2012).
  • The Constitutional Imaginary: Just Stories About We the People [Symposium: Constitutional Redemption & Constitutional Faith], 71 Maryland Law Review 1052 (2012) (with Lani Guinier).
  • Fisher v. University of Texas: Living in the Dwindling Shadow of LBJ's America, Vanderbilt Law Review En Banc (July 23, 2012),
  • "We're on the Move" [Second Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture], 14 Lewis & Clark Law Review 355 (2010).
  • Sex Lex: Creating a Discourse [Symposium: The Scholarship of Catherine MacKinnon], 46 Tulsa Law Review 45 (2010).
  • Social Movements and the Ethical Construction of Law [Twenty-Ninth Annual Sullivan Lecture], 37 Capital University Law Review 535 (2009).
  • Legal Change [Eighty-Third Cleveland-Marshall Fund Visiting Scholar Lecture], 55 Cleveland State Law Review 135 (2007).
  • Tricks of Virtual Redistricting, Boston Globe, Mar. 13, 2006, at A11 (with Lani Guinier).
  • Sovereignty: Introduction [Symposium: Representing Culture, Translating Human Rights], 41 Texas International Law Journal 423 (2006).
  • Visions of Guadelupe: Traces of the Ghost Panel, 18 Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities 161 (2006 Supplement).
  • Some Observations on the Role of Social Change on the Courts [Symposium: Constitutional Law Symposium: The Role of Courts in Social Change], 54 Drake Law Review 895 (2006).
  • Integrating Transnational Legal Perspectives into the First Year Curriculum, 23 Penn State International Law Review 801 (2005).
  • Understanding Patriarchy as an Expression of Whiteness: Insights from the Chicana Movement, 18 Washington University Journal of Law & Policy 129 (2005) (with Katie Pace).
  • Working Borders: Linking Debates About Insourcing and Outsourcing of Capital and Labor [conference proceedings], 40 Texas International Law Journal 691 (2005) (with Karen L. Engle et al.). View Article
  • Engaged Scholarship: Meaning and Action [Presidential Address], Association of American Law Schools Newsletter, Feb. 2004, at 1.
  • "Perfect Good Faith,", 5 Nevada Law Journal 93 (2004) (with Erin Ruble).
  • Grutter v. Bollinger/Gratz v. Bollinger: View from a Limestone Ledge, 103 Columbia Law Review 1596 (2003).
  • The Evolution of Equality in American Law [2003 Tobriner Lecture], 31 Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly 613 (2003).
  • The Texas Test Case: Integrating America's Colleges, Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 4, 2002, at B20 (with Penda D. Hair).
  • The Miner's Canary: The Problems of People of Color Show What's Wrong with American Democracy, The Nation, Feb. 18, 2002, at 20 (with Lani Guinier).
  • Translation and Stories, 115 Harvard Law Review 1362 (2002).
  • Garrison Lecture 2002 Reunion Roundtable Transcript [Eighth Annual Lloyd K. Garrison Lecture], 19 Pace Environmental Law Review 755 (2002) (with Richard J. Lazarus et al.).
  • Who Owns the Sky? [Seventh Annual Lloyd K. Garrison Lecture on Environmental Law], 18 Pace Environmental Law Review 227 (2001). [Reprinted in 19 Pace Environmental Law Review 515 (2002).]
  • Excerpt from The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy [Symposium: Building a Multiracial Social Justice Movement], 27 New York University Review of Law & Social Change 1 (2001-2002) (with Lani Guinier).
  • Credit Bush Doesn't Deserve, New York Times, Aug. 8, 2000, at A27 (with Lani Guinier).
  • Merit and Diversity After Hopwood, 10 Stanford Law & Policy Review 185 (1999) (with William E. Forbath).
  • The Geography of Race in Elections: Color-blindness and Redistricting [ABA Presidential Showcase Program, San Francisco, Aug. 3, 1997], 14 Journal of Law & Politics 109 (1998) (with Charles Cooper, Lani Guinier et al.).
  • Constructing Reality After Hopwood, 4 Texas Hispanic Journal of Law & Policy 45 (1998) (with Robert Berdahl et al.).
  • The "Talented Tenth" in Texas, The Nation, Dec. 15, 1997, at 20 (with William E. Forbath).
  • Rethinking Equality in the Global Society: Transcribed Conference Proceedings on Monday November 10, 1997, 10:15 a.m., Session I, 75 Washington University Law Quarterly 1561 (1997) (with Garrett Duncan, Joshua Aronson, & Karthigasen Govender).
  • Taking and Giving: Police Power, Public Value, and Private Right, 26 Environmental Law 1 (1996).
  • Environmental Justice: The Legal Meaning of a Social Movement, 15 Journal of Law & Commerce 597 (1996).
  • Changing the Way Government Views Environmental Justice, 9 St. John's Journal of Legal Commentary 543 (1994).
  • Environmental Burdens and Democratic Justice, 21 Fordham Urban Law Journal 431 (1994).
  • Indians, Natural Resources, and the Trust Responsibility, 14 Journal of Energy, Natural Resources & Environmental Law 279 (1994).
  • Luncheon Address [Symposium: Changing Structures and Expectations in Agriculture], 14 Northern Illinois University Law Review 799 (1994).
  • Introduction: Understanding Environmental Racism, 63 University of Colorado Law Review 839 (1992).
  • Critical Race Theory: The Decline of the Universalist Ideal and the Hope of Plural Justice--Some Observations and Questions of an Emerging Phenomenon, 75 Minnesota Law Review 993 (1991).
  • The Evolution of American Culture: The Problematic Place of Race and the Right to Have Rights [Symposium: Symposium Honoring Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr.], 9 Law & Inequality 457 (1991).
  • Theoretical Problems with the Environmental Regulation of Agriculture [Symposium: Agricultural Law and Policy], 8 Virginia Environmental Law Journal 191 (1989).
  • Local Knowledge, Local Color: Critical Legal Studies and the Law of Race Relations [Symposium: Civil Rights Symposium], 25 San Diego Law Review 1043 (1988).
  • Teaching and Writing: Curriculum Reform as an Exercise in Critical Education [Symposium: Transforming Legal Education: A Symposium of Provocative Thought], 10 Nova Law Journal 867 (1986).
  • Judges and Juries: Separate Moments in the Same Phenomenon, 4 Law & Inequality 171 (1986) (with Donald P. Brewster).
  • Wetlands and Agriculture: Environmental Regulation and the Limits of Private Property, 34 University of Kansas Law Review 539 (1986).
  • In Memorium: Steven M. Block, 1951-1984, 3 Law & Inequality 1 (1985) (with Rebecca Eisenberg).
  • Helping Farmers and Saving Farmland, 37 Oklahoma Law Review 31 (1984).


  • The New Property, 56 Stanford Law Review 741 (2003) (reviewing The Community Economic Development Movement: Law, Business, and the New Social Policy, by William H. Simon).
  • Pax Gaia, 32 Texas International Law Journal 155 (1997) (reviewing A New Name for Peace: International Environmentalism, Sustainable Development, and Democracy, by Philip Shabecoff).
  • Morenitos, G├╝eros, y Bolillos, 3 Hispanic Law Journal 61 (1997) (reviewing No Dancin' in Anson: An American Story of Race and Social Change, by Ricardo Ainslie).
  • Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez, An Autobiography, by Richard Rodriguez, 7 Chicano Law Review 125 (1984).
  • Mountains Without Handrails: Reflections on the National Parks, by Joseph L. Sax, 42 University of Pittsburgh Law Review 823 (1981).


  • Who is an Indian?: The Story of United States v. Sandoval, in Indian Law Stories 109 (Carole Goldberg, Kevin K. Washburn & Philip P. Frickey, eds.; New York: Foundation Press, 2011).
  • The Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law (Roger K. Newman ed.; New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009) (contributor & member of the editorial board).
  • Indigenous Peoples, AfroIndigenous Peoples and Reparations, in Reparations for Indigenous Peoples 117 (Federico Lenzerini ed.; New York: Oxford University Press, 2008).
  • Introduction, in Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger LItigation Documents: A Documentary History of Affirmative Action in Higher Education (5 vols.; Buffalo, NY: William S. Hein & Co., 2007) (Roy M. Mersky & Kumar Percy Jayasuriya eds. & compilers)
  • The Elusive Goal of Equal Educational Opportunity, in Law and Class in America 331 (Paul D. Carrington & Trina Jones, eds.; New York, NY: NYU Press, 2006).
  • The Ecology of Justice: The Relationship Between Feminism and Critical Race Theory, in Directions in Sexual Harassment Law 67 (Catharine A. MacKinnon & Reva B. Siegel eds.; New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004).
  • Whiteness of a Different Color?, in Off White: Readings on Power, Privilege, and Resistance (Michelle Fine et al. eds.; New York: Routledge, 2nd ed. 2004) (with Lani Guinier).
  • Foreword, in Justice and Natural Resources: Concepts, Strategies, and Applications xxi (K.M. Mutz, G.C. Bryner & D.S. Kenney eds.; Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2002).
  • Translating Yonnondio by Precedent and Evidence: The Mashpee Indian Case, in Critical Race Theory: The Cutting Edge 52 (2nd ed.; Richard Delgado & Jean Stefanic eds.; Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2000) (with Kahryn Milun).
  • Environmental Law, in The Politics of Law: A Progressive Critique 172 (David Kairys ed.; New York: Basic Books, 3rd ed. 1998).
  • The Legacy of Conquest and Discovery: Meditations on Ethnicity, Race, and American Politics, in Borderless Borders: U.S. Latinos, Latin Americans, and the Paradox of Independence 153 (Frank Bonilla et al. eds.; Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1998).

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