Bryan K. Fair

Scholarship and Writing

Book: Notes of a Racial Caste Baby:  Color Blindness and the End of Affirmative Action (NYU Press, 1997).


Received an Honorable Mention from The GustavusMyersCenter for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America for Books Published in 1997. (Paperback edition published in 1998.)


Weaver et al., Constitutional Law, 3rd ed. (Aspen Wolters-Kluwer 2013)(co-author).

Weaver et al., Constitutional Law, 2nd ed. (Aspen Wolters-Kluwer 2011)(co-author).

­Book Chapters:

Bryan K. Fair, Knowing the Suffering of Others: A Commentary on Suk’s “Laws of Trauma” (forthcoming 2013).

Bryan K. Fair, Freedom of Speech, Equal Citizenship, and the Anticaste Principle:

 A Commentary on Brettschneider’s Regulating Hate Speech, Legal Responses to Religious Practices in the United States: Accommodation and its Limits 115-122 (Austin Sarat ed., 2012).

Bryan K. Fair, Why Dissent Isn’t Free: A Commentary on Pildes’s “The Legal Academy and the Temptations of Power,” Dissenting Voices in American Society: The Role of Judges, Lawyers, and Citizens 182-191 (Austin Sarat ed., 2011).

Bryan K. Fair, After Katrina: Laying Bare the Anatomy of American Caste in Levitt, Jeremy I. and Whitaker, Hurricane Katrina: America’s Unnatural Disaster 35-46 (Matthew C. ed., 2009).


Fair, Still Standing in the Schoolhouse Door: Deconstructing Brown’s Bias and Reconstructing Its Remedy, Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality (accepted Fall 2013).

Fair, Change Agents Beating Back the Dark Caste of the Law, A Tribute to Fred Gray, (A Tribute to Fred Gray), 3 Faulkner L. Rev. 215 (2011-2012).

Fair, Intersectionality Theory, the Anticaste Principle, and the Future of Brown, A Tribute to Martha Morgan, (A Tribute to Martha Morgan), 60 Ala.L.Rev. IIII (2009).

Fair, “The Ultimate Association Same-Sex Marriage and the Battle Against Jim Crow’s Third Cousin,” University of Miami Law Review (2008).

Fair, “The Lengthening Shadow of Androcentrism,” 11 Cardozo Women’s L.J. 559 (2005).

Fair, “Recasteing Equality Theory Will Grutter Survive Itself By 2028in University of Pennsylvania Symposium, “Race Jurisprudence and the Supreme Court:  Where Do We Go from Here?” 7 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 721 (2005).

Fair, “The Darker Face of Brown The Promise and Reality of the Decision’s Anticaste Moorings Remain Unreconciled,” 88 Judicature 80 (Sept.-Oct. 2004).

Fair, “Taking Educational Caste Seriously Why Grutter Will Help Very Little,” 78 Tul. L. Rev. 1843 (2004).

Clemon & Fair, “Lawyers, Civil Disobedience, and Equality in the Twenty-First Century Lessons From Two American Heroes,” 54 Ala. L. Rev. 961 (2003) (with The Honorable U.W. Clemon).

Fair, “Equality for All The Case for a New Declaration of Rights Article of the Alabama Constitution,” 33(2) Cumb. L. Rev. 339 (2003).

Clemon & Fair, “Making Bricks Without Straw The NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Development of Civil Rights Law in Alabama 1940-1980,” 52(4) Ala. L. Rev. 1121 (2001) (with The Honorable U.W. Clemon).

Fair, “The Anatomy of American Caste,” 18(2) St. Louis U. Public L. Rev. 381 (1999) (published in late 2000).

Fair, “Been in the Storm Too Long, Without Redemption What We Must Do Nex,” 25 Southern U. L. Rev. 121 (1997) (published in late 1998).

Fair, “Using Parrots to Kill Mockingbirds Yet Another Racial Prosecution and Wrongful Conviction in Maycomb,” 45 Ala. L. Rev. 403 (1994).

Fair, “Foreword Rethinking the Colorblindness Model,” 13 National Black L.J. Nos. 1 & 2 (1993) (lead article followed by a collection of edited papers written by UA Law seminar students).

Book Review Essays:

Bryan K. Fair, The Excessive Entanglement of Politics, Law and Religion, 26 J.L & Religion. 371 (2010-2011).

Fair, The Washington Post, at C04 (Jan. 5, 2005) (reviewing Mark S. Weiner, Black Trials:  Citizenship from the Beginnings of Slavery to the End of Caste (2004)).

Fair, “Part II. America’s Equality Promise: Where Do We Go From Here?,” 19(1) J. of American Ethnic History (Fall 1999) (reviewing Stephan and Abigail Thernstrom, America in Black and White:  One Nation, Indivisible (1997)).

Fair, “Part I. America’s Equality Promise: Can You Tell Me Where It’s Gone?,” 18(4) J. of American Ethnic History 167-175 (Summer 1999) (reviewing Civil Rights and Social Wrongs:  Black-White Relations Since World War II (John Higham ed., 1997)).

Fair, “A Constitutional Law Casebook for the 21st Century A Critical Essay on Cohen and Varat,” 21 Seattle U. L. Rev. 859 (1998) (reviewing William Cohen and Jonathan D. Varat, Constitutional Law:  Cases and Materials (10th ed. 1997)).

Fair, “The Acontextual Illusion of a Color-Blind Constitution,” 28 U. San Francisco L. Rev. 343 (1994) (reviewing Andrew Kull, The Color-Blind Constitution (1992)).

Fair, “How Far We Have to Go,” 10 National Black L.J. 318 (1988) (reviewing Derrick Bell, And We Are Not Saved:  The Elusive Quest for Racial Justice (1987)).

On-Line Essay:

Fair, “Preparing for a Career in Law in the 21st Century,” manuscript for minority law school candidates.

In progress:

Fair, The New Antifederalists (forthcoming 2014).