Anthony V. Alfieri

Professor of Law & Dean's Distinguished Scholar; Director, Center for Ethics & Public Service; Founder, Historic Black Church Program & Environmental Justice Clinic

Social Justice/Public Interest Concentration Affiliated Faculty
J.D. 1984, Columbia University School of Law
A.B. 1981, Brown University Center for Law and Liberal Education

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Anthony V. Alfieri, Professor of Law and Dean's Distinguished Scholar, is the Founder and Director of the Center for Ethics and Public Service, and the Founder of the Historic Black Church Program and Environmental Justice Clinic, at the University of Miami School of Law. Professor Alfieri earned an A.B. in 1981 from Brown University, graduating magna cum laude with concentration honors in the Center for Law and Liberal Education, and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1984, graduating with Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Jane Marks Murphy Prize honors.

From 1984 to 1987, he served as a staff attorney in the South Bronx trial office of the Civil Division of the New York Legal Aid Society, specializing in federal and state complex public benefits litigation. In 1987, New York Law School appointed him Clinical Associate Professor and Managing Attorney of its Federal Litigation Clinic. In 1990, he served at Marquette University Law School as Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Studies.

In 1991, Professor Alfieri joined the University of Miami School of Law, where he teaches civil procedure, ethics, public interest law and leadership, social enterprise, and professional liability and lawyer malpractice. He has published more than 80 articles, essays, and editorials on ethics, civil rights, criminal justice, poverty law, professional liability, and the legal profession in leading journals and book anthologies. His work has been cited and downloaded more than 4,000 times in books, law journals, social science networks, and the media.

At the Center for Ethics & Public Service, Professor Alfieri supervises graduate and undergraduate students working on education, research, and policy projects in the fields of civil rights and poverty law, environmental justice, social enterprise development and nonprofit governance, and oral history and documentary filmmaking. Under his direction, the Center for Ethics & Public Service has won the American Bar Association 1998 E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award, the Florida Bar Seventh Annual 1999-2000 Professionalism Award, and the Miami-Dade County Commission on Ethics and Public Trust 2001 ARETE Award for nonprofit of the year.

Professor Alfieri is a current member of the American Law Institute, the University of Miami Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School Board of Trustees, the St. Paul Community Development Corporation, and the Coconut Grove Ministerial Alliance, Inc. (a consortium of Historic Black Churches); an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation; past member of the Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism, the Ethics, Integrity and Accountability Task Force of the Miami-Dade County Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, the Attorney-Client Privilege Task Force of The Florida Bar, the Association of American Law Schools' Standing Committee on Curriculum Issues, and the Executive Committees of the Association of American Law Schools' Sections on Clinical Education and  Professional Responsibility; and a past Contributing Op-Ed Columnist for The Miami Herald. In addition, he is a Visiting Scholar at the Dartmouth College Ethics Institute, a Visiting Professor at Brown University in the Department of Africana Studies, and an affiliated faculty at the University of Miami Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy.

Professor Alfieri is the winner of numerous awards, including the 2000 and 2009 Richard Hausler Professor of the Year Award and the Class of 2000 Amicus Curiae Dedication, the Florida Supreme Court 1999 Faculty Professionalism Award, the Association of American Law Schools' Clinical Section Committee on Lawyering in the Public Interest 2004-2005 Gary Bellow Scholar award, the Association of American Law Schools' Clinical Section 2007 William Pincus Award, the Association of American Law Schools' Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities Section 2007 Father Robert Drinan Award, and the University of Miami School of Law’s 2011-2012 Public Interest Innovative Service Award.

In 2014, Miami New Times recognized Professor Alfieri for his environmental justice work in its annual Miami People issue.



Race, Legal Representation, and Lawyer Ethics, Oxford Handbook of Race and Law in the United States (2023).

(Re)framing Race in Civil Rights Lawyering, with Angela Onwuachi-Willig, 130 Yale L.J. 2052 (2021).

Black, Poor, and Gone: Civil Rights Law’s Inner-City Crisis, 54 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 629 (2019).

The Poverty of Clinical Canonic Texts, 26 Clinical L. Rev. 53 (2019).

Things Fall Apart: Hard Choices in Public Interest Law, 31 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 335 (2018).

Inner-City Anti-Poverty Campaigns, 64 UCLA L. Rev. 1374 (2017).

Rebellious Pedagogy and Practice, 23 Clinical L. Rev. 5 (2016).

Resistance Songs: Mobilizing the Law and Politics of Community, 93 Tex. L. Rev. 1459 (2015).

Objecting to Race, 27 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 1129 (2014).

Paternalistic Interventions in Civil Rights and Poverty Law: A Case Study of Environmental Justice, 112 Mich. L. Rev. 1157 (2014).

Next-Generation Civil Rights Lawyers: Race and Representation in the Age of Identity Performance, with Angela Onwuachi-Willig, 122 Yale L.J. 1484 (2013).

Community Education and Access to Justice in a Time of Scarcity: Notes from the West Grove Trolley Garage Case, 2013 Wis. L. Rev 121 (2013).

“He is the Darkey with the Glasses on”: Race Trials Revisited, 91 N.C. L. Rev. 1497 (2013).

Law Firm Malpractice Disclosure: Illustrations and Guidelines, 42 Hofstra L. Rev. 17 (2013).

Service Delivery, Resource Allocation, and Access to Justice: Greiner and Pattanayak and the Research Imperative, with Jeffrey Selbin, Jeanne Charn, Stephen Wizner, 122 Yale L.J. Online 45 (2012).

Educating Lawyers for Community, 2012 Wis. L. Rev. 115 (2012).

Fidelity to Community: A Defense of Community Lawyering, 90 Tex. L. Rev. 635 (2012).

Big Law and Risk Management: Case Studies of Litigation, Deals, and Diversity, 24 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 991 (2011).

Integrating into a Burning House: Race- and Identity-Conscious Visions in Brown's Inner City, 84 S. Cal. L. Rev. 541 (2011).

Post-Racialism in the Inner-City: Structure and Culture in Lawyering, 98 Geo. L.J. 921 (2010).

Discovering Identity in Civil Procedure, 83 S. Cal. L. Rev. 453 (2010).

Against Practice, 107 Mich. L. Rev. 1073 (2009).

Jim Crow Ethics and the Defense of the Jena Six, 94 Iowa L. Rev. 1651 (2009).

Prosecuting the Jena Six, 93 Cornell L. Rev. 1285 (2008).

(Un)Covering Identity in Civil Rights and Poverty Law, 121 Harv. L. Rev. 805 (2008).

Faith in Community: Representing "Colored Town", 95 Cal. L. Rev. 1829 (2007).

Clinical Genesis in Miami, with Maryanne Stanganelli, Jessi Tamayo, Wendi Adelson, 75 UMKC L. Rev. 1137 (2007).

The Fall of Legal Ethics and the Rise of Risk Management, 94 Geo. L.J. 1909 (2006).

Gideon in White/Gideon in Black: Race and Identity in Lawyering, 114 Yale L.J. 1459 (2005).

Limited Scope Legal Representation under Model Rule 6.5: Ethical Issues, in ABA Center for Professional Responsibility Coursebook 553 (2004).

Teaching Ethics/Doing Justice, 73 Fordham L. Rev. 851 (2004).

Mercy Lawyers, 82 N.C. L. Rev. 1297 (2004).

Color/Identity/Justice: Chicano Trials, 53 Duke L.J. 1569 (2004).

John Hart Ely: Fathers and Sons, 58 U. Miami L. Rev. 953 (2004).

Retrying Race, 101 Mich. L. Rev. 1141 (2003).

Community Prosecutors, 90 Cal. L. Rev. 1465 (2002).

Ethics, Race, and Reform, 54 Stan. L. Rev. 1389 (2002).

Teaching the Law of Race, 89 Cal. L. Rev. 1605 (2001).

Activities of Law School Centers on Professionalism, with Jack Sammons, et al., 52 S.C. L. Rev. 486 (2001).

Race Prosecutors, Race Defenders, 89 Geo. L.J. Geo. L.J. 2227 (2001).

Prosecuting Violence/Reconstructing Community, 52 Stan. L. Rev. 809 (2000).

Prosecuting Race, 48 Duke L.J. 1157 (1999).

(Er)Race-ing an Ethic of Justice, 51 Stan. L. Rev. 935 (1999).

Black and White, 10 La Raza L.J. 561 (1998).

Lawyering for Poor Communities in the Twenty-First Century, with Daniel Greenberg, et al., 25 Fordham Urb. L.J. 729 (1998).

Race Trials, 76 Tex. L. Rev. 1293 (1998).

Lynching Ethics: Toward a Theory of Racialized Defenses, 95 Mich. L. Rev. 1063 (1997).

Welfare Stories, Law Stories (1996).

Mitigation, Mercy, and Delay: The Moral Politics of Death Penalty Abolitionists, 31 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 325 (1996).

Race-ing Legal Ethics, 96 Colum. L. Rev. 800 (1996).

Ethical Commitments, 38 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 199 (1996).

Denaturalizing the Lawyer-Statesman, 93 Mich. L. Rev. 1204 (1995).

Defending Racial Violence, 95 Colum. L. Rev. 1301 (1995).

Practicing Community, 107 Harv. L. Rev. 1747 (1994).

The Ethics of Violence: Necessity, Excess, and Opposition, 94 Colum. L. Rev. 1721 (1994).

Impoverished Practices, 81 Geo. L.J. 2567 (1993).

Stances, 77 Cornell L. Rev. 1233 (1992).

Disabled Clients, Disabling Lawyers, 43 Hastings L.J. 769 (1992).

Reconstructive Poverty Law Practice: Learning Lessons of Client Narrative, 100 Yale L.J. 2107 (1991).

Speaking Out of Turn: The Story of Josephine V., 4 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 619 (1991).

The Politics of Clinical Knowledge, 35 N.Y.L. Sch. L. Rev. 7 (1990).

The Antinomies of Poverty Law and a Theory of Dialogic Empowerment, 16 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 659 (1988).

Civil Rights Law's Black Ghetto, In Preparation; Not Yet Submitted.

Racial Trauma in Civil Rights Representation, with Angela Onwuachi-Willig, 120 Michigan Law Review 52.

Intraracial Class Conflict and Respectability Politics in Civil Rights Law, In Preparation; Not Yet Submitted.

Race Ethics, In Preparation; Not Yet Submitted.

Lessons in Social Movement Lawyering, .

 Media Appearances

Newspaper: Needs of Neighborhood Residents Must Be Priority, Miami Herald December 18 2014

Newspaper: West Grove: Old Smokey Remains a Hazard, Miami Herald July 20 2013

Newspaper: Find somewhere else to park those trolleys, Miami Herald February 5 2013

Newspaper: Penn State – Lessons for the Board, Miami Herald July 22 2012

Newspaper: Neighborhood Initiatives – How Students Can Help, Miami Herald July 8 2008

South Florida Philanthropy: A Charitable Divide?, Miami Daily Business Review April 21 2008

Newspaper: Racists Remain Undeterred, Miami Herald February 23 2008

Magazine: Teaching the Spirit of Justice, 20 St. David’s Mag. 12-13 2006

Newspaper: Blow the Whistle on Abusers of Public Funds, Miami Herald September 7 2006

Newspaper: Enron Trial: Lessons on Ethics for Lawyers, Miami Herald February 10 2006

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