Osamudia James

Vice Dean & Professor of Law

Social Justice/Public Interest Concentration Affiliated Faculty
LL.M. 2008, University of Wisconsin Law School
J.D. 2004, Georgetown University Law Center
B.A. 2001, University of Pennsylvania

Phone: 305-284-5837
Office: C220

Professor Osamudia James received a B.A cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001, a J.D. cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2004, and an LL.M. from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she served as a William H. Hastie Fellow from 2006 to 2008. Previously, she was an associate with King & Spalding in Washington, DC.

Professor James writes and teaches in the areas of Education Law, Race and the Law, Administrative Law, and Torts. Her scholarship explores the interaction of law and identity in the context of public education, and some of her more recent work includes "White Like Me: The Diversity Rationale's Negative Impact on White Identity Formation," published in the New York University Law Review, and "Opt-Out Education: School Choice as Racial Subordination," published in the Iowa Law Review. Her media commentary also focuses on identity, and has been printed in the pages of the New York Times, The Washington Post, and other outlets. Professor James is a co-recipient of the 2014 Derrick A. Bell, Jr. Award, was named in April of 2015 to Lawyers of Color's 50 Under 50 List, and was selected by Legacy Miami Magazine as one of South Florida's Top Black Educators.

 Publications

Articles, Essays, and Book Chapters

Blackness as Property: Race, Resilience, and Universality in the Law (work in progress).

White Like Me: The Diversity Rationale's Negative Impact on White Identity Formation, 89 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 425 (2014)

Opt-Out Education: School Choice as Racial Subordination, 99 Iowa L. Rev. 1083 (2014).

Minority-Targeted Aid in Higher Education, in Affirmative Action: Contemporary Perspectives (James Beckman, ed., Praeger)(forthcoming 2013).

Predatory Ed: The Conflict Between Public Good and For-Profit Higher Education, 38 J.C. & U.L. 45 (2011)(peer reviewed).

Dog Wags Tail: The Continuing Viability of Minority-Targeted Aid in Higher Education, 85 Ind. L. J. 851 (2010).

The Declining Significance of Presidential Races?, 72 Law & Contemp. Probs. 89 (2009)(co-authored with Angela Onwuachi-Willig).

Closing the Door on Public School Integration, in Our Promise: Achieving Educational Equity for America's Children (Maurice R. Dyson & Daniel B. Weddle, eds., Carolina Academic Press 2009).

Business As Usual: The Roberts Court's Continued Neglect of Adequacy and Equity Concerns in American Education, 59 S.C. L. Rev. 4 (2008).

Breaking Free of Chevron's Constraints: Zuni Public School District v. U.S. Department of Education, 56 U. Kan. L. Rev. 147 (2007).

 News / Media

Editorials and Media Commentary

Osamudia James, Now We Can Finally Say Goodbye to the White Savor Myth of Atticus, NY Times, Room for Debate, July 15, 2015.

Quoted, Charley Hannagan, Rachel Dolezal Raises Questions About Our Perceptions of Race and Identity (What They’re Saying), Syracuse.com, June 16, 2015.

The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart, Rachel Dolezal: ‘I Feel Isolated With My Identity My Entire Life,’ June 16, 2015.

Live with Thomas Roberts, Have Rachel Dolezal’s Answers Changed Public Opinion?, June 16, 2015.

CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, June 15, 2015. (Professor James joins CNN news anchor Brook Baldwin to discuss Rachel Dolezal and racial identity.)

Radio Show, “Take Two,” Furor Over NAACP Head Sparks Widespread Debate On Racial Identity, KPCC 89.3 FM, June 15, 2015. (Professor James is interviewed by KPCC Radio to discuss Rachel Dolezal and racial identity.)

Osamudia James, What Rachel Dolezal Doesn’t Understand: Being Black is About More Than Just How You Look, The Washington Post, June 12, 2015.

Osamudia James, When For-Profit Colleges Close, Student Debt Should Be Forgiven, , Room for Debate, May 7, 2015.

Quoted, Christina Veiga, Miami-Dade School Committee Backs Regular Attendance Boundaries for Coral Gables, THE MIAMI HERALD, February 26, 2015.

Quoted, Christina Veiga and Monique O. Madan, School Boundary Debate Divides Coral Gables, THE MIAMI HERALD, February 25, 2015.

Osamudia James, Racial Segregation in Schools, No Matter How Unintended, Should Be Illegal, THE MIAMI HERALD, February 19, 2015.

Quoted, Monique O. Madan, Gables Officials, Residents, Lament ‘Controlled Choice’ As Hardship, THE MIAMI HERALD, January 15, 2015.

Quoted, Julianne Hing, What Happens to Students When a For-Profit College Giant Closes?, COLORLINES, July 8, 2014.

Osamudia James, Diversity, Democracy and White Racial Identity: Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, 71 NLG REVIEW 1 (2014).

Professor Osamudia James comments in "High court insists on tough scrutiny when school uses affirmative action in admissions" in The Palm Beach Post.

Something of Race Remains: Identity in Public Education, MIAMI LAW MAGAZINE (Fall 2013).

John Lantigua, High Court Insists on Tough Scrutiny When School Uses Affirmative Action in Admissions, PALM BEACH POST, June 24, 2013.

Osamudia James, Let’s Fix Our Budget Priorities, NY TIMES, Room for Debate, April 18, 2012.

Danny Weil, “Good for Wall Street—Bad for Students:” SEIU Hosts Webinar on Predatory, Proprietary Colleges and Universities, TRUTHOUT, February 11, 2012.

Charlie Deich, Lesson Plan: SEIU Educating About the ‘Dangers’ of For-Profit Colleges, PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER, February 8, 2012.

Civil Rights and the Choice Movement in Education, National Bar Association Fall Newsletter (2011-2012)

The Rules Don't Go Far EnoughNY Times, Room for Debate, Jun 7, 2011

Radio Show, "8 O'Clock Buzz," The Supreme Court's Decision in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1, WORT 89.9 FM, June 29, 2007.

 Presentations

Selected Presentations

Panelist, Race As Resilience, The Present and Future of Civil Rights Movements: Race and Reform in 21st Century America, Duke Law School (forthcoming November 2015).

Invited Panelist, Merit and Identity in Higher Ed, Symposium on Higher Education Access, UC Irvine School of Law (forthcoming September 2015).

Invited External Speaker, Race As Resilience, Wake Forest University School of Law, February 2015.

Invited Panelist, Identity and Pathologized Black Families, The Moynihan Report: 50 Years Later, Georgetown University Law Center, February 2015.

Co-convener, Panelist, Race As Resilience, An Uncomfortable Conversation: Vulnerabilities and Identities II, University of Miami School of Law, November 2014.

Panelist, White Like Me: The Diversity Rationale’s Negative Impact on White Identity Formation, Whiteness As Property: A 20-Year Appraisal, UCLA Law, October 2014.

Panelist, Race As Resilience, Whiteness As Property: A 20-Year Appraisal, UCLA Law, October 2014.

Invited Panelist, Something of Race Remains: Post-Identitarian Equity Frameworks in American Public Education, Southeastern Association of Law Schools 2014 Annual Conference, August 2014.

Presenter, Something of Race Remains: Post-Identitarian Equity Frameworks in American Public Education, Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop, University of Wisconsin Law School, June 2014.

Presenter, Something of Race Remains: Identity and Vulnerability in American Public Education, The Culp Colloquium, Duke University Law School, May 2014.

Panelist, Something of Race Remains: Identity and Vulnerability in American Public Education, 2014 CRT Conference, Yale Law School, April 2014.

Presenter, White Like Me: The Diversity Rationale’s Negative Impact on White Identity Formation, University of Florida Levin College of Law, January 2014.

Presenter, White Like Me: The Diversity Rationale’s Negative Impact on White Identity Formation, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona, October 2013.

Phone: 305-284-5837
Office: C220
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Nelson, Suzanne

Phone: (305)284-5432
Office: G364

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