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Carla Pratt

Carla Pratt

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Nancy J. LaMont Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law

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J.D., Howard University
B.A., Texas A&M, Commerce, TX

Professor Pratt is a scholar of race and the law who lectures at academic venues across the country, and who has published in various legal and non-legal venues both domestically and internationally. She has served as a commentator on racial issues for Fox News’ acclaimed show "The O’Reilly Factor," and she has been an opinion editorial contributor to "The Philadelphia Inquirer" and the "New York Times: Room for Debate." One vein of her research examines the position of people of color in the legal profession and seeks to understand the value of diversity in law schools and the legal profession. Her co-authored book, The End of The Pipeline: A Journey of Recognition for African Americans Entering the Legal Profession, examines the success of African American lawyers in an effort to construct a theory of intervention for pipeline programs aimed at increasing the numbers of black lawyers.  Another vein of her research seeks to understand the role of law in constructing Native American and African American identity.  Professor Pratt stays engaged with law practice by serving as an Associate Justice to the Standing Rock Sioux Supreme Court.  Before entering academia, Professor Pratt engaged in the private practice of law as a commercial litigator with the law firm of Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP in Philadelphia. 

“Sisters in Law: Black Women Lawyers’ Struggle for Advancement,” 2012 Mich. St. L. Rev. 1777 (2012)

"Loving in Indian Territory: Tribal Miscegenation Law in Historical Perspective," in Loving v. Virginia in a Post-Racial World: Rethinking Race, Sex, and Marriage (Kevin Noble Maillard & Rose Cuison Villazor eds., 2012)

The End of the Pipeline: A Journey of Recognition for African Americans Entering the Profession of Law (with Dr. Dorothy Evensen) (2011)

“Way to Represent: The Role of Black Lawyers in Contemporary American Democracy,” 77 Fordham L. Rev. 1409 (2009)

Loving, Indian Style: Maintaining Racial Caste and Tribal Sovereignty Through Sexual Assimilation,” 2007 Wisc. L. Rev. 409 (2007)