Mario L. Barnes

Mario L. Barnes is a Professor of Law, and Criminology, Law and Society (by courtesy) at U.C. Irvine.  He is also Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development and a Co-Director of the Center on Law, Equality and Race at UCI Law.  He received his B.A. and J.D. from U.C. Berkeley, and an LL.M. from the University of Wisconsin.  His research draws on empirical and critical studies of antidiscrimination to examine how law may be used as a tool to facilitate or challenge subordination based on social identity categories, in the areas of employment, criminal, education, and national security law. His recent work includes: “’The More Things Change . . .’: New Moves for Legitimizing Racial Discrimination in a ‘Post-Race’ World,” in 100 Minnesota Law Review 2043 (2016); “Taking a Stand? An Initial Assessment of the Social and Racial Effects of Recent Innovations in Self-Defense Laws,” in 83 Fordham Law Review 3179 (2015); and “Judging Opportunity Lost: Race-Based Affirmative Action and Equality Jurisprudence After Fisher v. University of Texas,” in 62 UCLA Law Review 272 (2015) (with Erwin Chemerinsky and Angela Onwuachi-Willig).   For his teaching, scholarship and public service, he has been awarded the Association of American Law Schools, Minority Groups Section’s 2008 Derrick Bell, Jr. Award (for junior scholars) and 2015 Clyde Ferguson Award (for senior scholars). In 2015, the National Jurist Magazine selected him as a national leader in furthering diversity efforts in legal education.  Prior to entering academia, he served on active duty in the U.S. Navy, as a prosecutor, defense counsel, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, and as a member of Commission that investigated the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole (DDG 67) in Aden, Yemen.  He retired as a Commander from the U.S. Navy Reserve in 2013.