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Professor of Law, University of South Carolina

Derek Black is a Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law. His areas of expertise include education law and policy, constitutional law, civil rights, evidence, and torts. His work is regularly relied upon and cited in federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Professor Black has also taught at the University of North Carolina School of Law and American University Washington College of Law. Beyond teaching, has been active in various outside endeavors, including serving as pro bono counsel in civil rights cases, a consultant to civil rights campaigns, and a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team.

His most recent work includes:

-The Constitutional Compromise to Guarantee Education, Stanford Law Review;

-Abandoning the Federal Role in Education: The Every Student Succeeds Act, California Law Review;

-Reforming School Discipline, Northwestern University Law Review;

-Averting Educational Crisis: Funding Cuts, Teacher Shortages, and the Dwindling Commitment to Public Education, Washington University Law Review

-Federalizing Education by Waiver?, Vanderbilt Law Review

-Ending Zero Tolerance: The Crisis of Absolute School Discipline (NYU Press).


  • –present
    Professor of Law (education, civil rights, constitutional law), University of South Carolina


  • 2002 
    Univ. of North Carolina, JD