4 S. Cal. Rev. L. & Women's Stud. 33 (1994-1995)
Foreword: Toward a Race-Conscious Pedagogy in Legal Education

handle is hein.journals/scws4 and id is 45 raw text is: FOREWORD: TOWARD A RACE-
CONSCIOUS PEDAGOGY IN
LEGAL EDUCATION*
KIMBERLt WILLIAMS CRENSHAW**
It is both an honor and a pleasure to write the Foreword for this
issue of the NATIONAL BLACK LAW JOURNAL. This project represents
the culmination of a joint effort involving the NBLJ, Dean Susan
Westerberg Prager and me. The project grew out of discussions that
began in the Spring of 1987 in which we explored various ways that
the law school could support the production of publishable student
material for the Journal. I initially considered sponsoring interested
students in independent research projects; however, a high level of
student interest, an obvious overlap between proposed student topics,
and my own interest in developing alternative pedagogical strategies
combined to make a seminar the most attractive option.
After receiving suggested themes for the proposed issue from
Journal members, I attempted to develop a seminar that would reflect
our substantive interests and that would also be responsive to some of
the problems that I believe confront minority students in traditional
classrooms. The seminar that resulted-Minority Voting Rights and
Majoritarian Domination-reflected an effort to further three inter-
related objectives: 1) to explore the successes and failures of the legal
strategies developed to address political disenfranchisement on the
* The editors of the Soutrmu-I CALIFORNIA REVIEW OF LAW AND WOMEN's STUDIES
thank both Professor Crenshaw and the editors of the NATIONAL BLACK LAW JOURNAL for their
generous permission to reprint this Foreward as part of the publication of the AALS
Symposium, Bringing Values and Perspectives Back into the Law School Classroom: Practical
Ideas for Teachers. The Foreward is reprinted unaltered from its original form. See 11 NAT'L
BLAcK LJ. 1 (1989).
** Acting Professor of Law, University of California, Los Angeles. B.A., Cornell Univer-
sity, 1981; J.D., Harvard Law School, 1984; LL.M., University of Wisconsin, 1985.
I am grateful to several friends and colleagues who offered helpful comments on earlier
drafts of this Foreword. I would like especially to thank Richard Yarborough, Duncan Kennedy,
Neil Gotanda and the Editors of the NATIONAL BLACK LAw JOURNAL all of whom have been
most generous in providing me with their time, insights, patience, and support.

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