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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Derrick Bell has died

Almost a mere footnote is his early-'80s tenure as the dean of the U of O Law School. Why he ever took that gig is quite a mystery.

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Derrick Bell was dean my last year of law school. I can't say he was a great dean or a terrible one, but he did say something very funny once which I still remember.

There was an annual run the law school sponsored, which most of the students participated in (the Sylvester Pennoyer Memorial Run). Three young women asked the dean if he would run with them. He replied, "Well, I'm not very fast, so I'd probably fall behind you. Can you imagine what the locals would think about a black man chasing after 3 white women?"

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