Thomas E. Skinner Professor of Law
Areas of Expertise:
Race And The Legal System
Gender And The Legal System
Professor Fair received his B.A. from Duke University in 1982 and his J.D. from UCLA in 1985. He worked as an associate with the law firm of Bryan, Cave, McPheeters & McRoberts in Los Angeles in 1985-87. In 1987, he joined the faculty at UCLA as a lecturer in law and co-directed the UCLA law school's Academic Support Program. While working in California, he served as a commissioner of the California State Bar Commission on Minority Access to the Legal Profession and as a public counsel legal services volunteer. Professor Fair joined The University of Alabama faculty in 1991. He became an associate professor in 1994, and was named a full professor in 1997. He teaches Constitutional Law; Race, Racism, and the Law; Gender and the Law; and First Amendment. He writes primarily about race. In 1996 Professor Fair was a featured panelist on a national broadcast of Newshour with Jim Lehrer titled "The 1995-96 Supreme Court Term." In 1998 he was named a Young Leader in the Academy by the American Association for Higher Education and also was named a Dean's Scholar. He was a member of the Southwestern/Southeastern People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference Planning Committee in 1994, 1995, and 1997; a member of the Commencement Hooding Team in 1994; and the Outstanding Faculty Member in 1993. Professor Fair has served as the faculty adviser to the Black Law Students Association and the Alabama Public Interest Law Association. He also served as an assistant vice president for academic affairs at the University from 1994 to 1997. He is the author of Notes of a Racial Caste Baby: Colorblindness and the End of Affirmative Action (NYU Press 1997).
Professor Fair is a previous recipient of UA’s annual Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award.
Read Professor Fair's paper:
PREPARING FOR A CAREER IN LAW IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Essays by Professor Fair on communities.justicetalking.org