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Vinay Harpalani Profile

Visiting Professor of Law

Visiting Scholar, Drake Constitutional Law Center

515-271-2909
vinay.harpalani@drake.edu

Areas of Expertise

Race and Law, Education Law, Constitutional Law, Diversity in Education, Ethnic Studies

Education

JD - New York University School of Law
PhD - University of Pennsylvania
BA - University of Delaware, with honors

Professional Experience

Drake Law Professor for 2018-19
Associate Professor of Law at Savannah Law School
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Korematsu Teaching Fellow at Seattle University School of Law
Derrick Bell Fellow at New York University School of Law

Selected Publications

  • "Safe Spaces" and the Educational Benefits of Diversity, 13 Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy 117 (2017).
  • Victory is Defeat: The Ironic Consequence of Justice Scalia’s Death for Fisher v. University of Texas, 164 of Penn. Law Review Online 155 (2016).
  • Narrowly Tailored but Broadly Compelling: Defending Race-Conscious Admissions After Fisher, 45 Seton Hall Law Review 761 (2015).
  • DesiCrit: Theorizing the Racial Ambiguity of South Asian Americans, 69 Y.U. Annual Survey of American Law 77 (2013).
  • Diversity Within Racial Groups and the Constitutionality of Race-Conscious Admissions, 15 of Penn. Journal of Constitutional Law 463 (2012).

Significant Accomplishments

  • Derrick A. Bell Jr. Award, AALS Section on Minority Groups
  • Society of American Law Teachers Junior Faculty Teaching Award
  • Of counsel to Amici Curiae Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality et al. in People v. Bridgeforth (New York case on skin color discrimination)
  • Law review articles cited in 10 U.S. Supreme Court amicus briefs in Fisher v. University of Texas litigation (case on affirmative action in university admissions)
  • Quoted in over 20 news articles on affirmative action and race-related topics in publications including the New York Times, Boston Globe, American Prospect, and Business Insider.

Additional Information

Vinay Harpalani Curriculum Vitae

 
Law School News
October 18, 2018
Drake Law School received an A+ ranking for family law by preLaw magazine, placing Drake among the top three law schools in the nation for this field.