Mario Barnes

Professor of Law

Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development
Co-Director, Center on Law, Equality and Race
Joint appointment in Law & Criminology, Law & Society
Faculty Affiliate, Center in Law, Society & Culture

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Constitutional law, criminal law, discrimination law, national security


Professor Barnes writes and teaches in the areas of criminal law, constitutional law, national security law, and race and the law.

Current Courses:

Constitutional Analysis

Prior Courses

Evidence, Statutory Analysis, Substantive Criminal Law, National Security Law Seminar, Identity, Crime & Justice, Drug Discovery, Development & Commercialization, Critical Identity Theory, Constitutional Analysis I, Statutory Analysis, Critical Identity Theory & Law Identifying Reading Group, National Security Law, Constitutional Analysis II

Recent Publications

  • “Foreword: Criminal Justice for Those (Still) at the Margins—Addressing Hidden Forms of Bias and the Politics of Which Lives Matter,” 5 U.C. Irvine L. Rev. 711 (2015)
  • “Taking a Stand?: An Assessment of the Social and Racial Effects of Recent Innovations in Self-Defense Laws,” 83 Fordham L. Rev. 3179 (2015)
  • “Judging Opportunity Lost: Race-Based Affirmative Action and Equality Jurisprudence After Fisher v. University of Texas,” 62 UCLA L. REV. 272 (2015) (with Erwin Chemerinsky and Angela Onwuachi-Willig)
  • Prof. Barnes' Scholarly Papers on SSRN

Recent and Upcoming Events

Recent Honors

  • December 2015: Prof. Barnes one of top 20 law professors furthering diversity efforts in legal education, The National Jurist
  • January 2015: 2015 Clyde Ferguson, Jr. Award, Association of American Law Schools, Minority Groups Section.
    The Ferguson Award, the Section’s highest honor, is presented to a senior scholar and recognizes “an outstanding law teacher, who in the course of his or her career has achieved excellence in the areas of public service, teaching and scholarship.” The award is particularly intended for law professors “who have provided support, encouragement, and mentoring to colleagues, students, and aspiring legal educators.”
  • April 2014: Fellow, American Bar Foundation, Chicago, IL
    Accepted nomination, which is extended to less than 1% of lawyers admitted to practice in each jurisdiction in the United States.