Camille Gear Rich

Associate Professor of LawUSC Gould School of Law

Camille Gear Rich
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last updated Fri, Jun 21, 2013

Professor Camille Gear Rich joined the USC Gould School of Law faculty in the fall of 2007 following five years of private practice. Her research and teaching interests include constitutional law, feminist legal theory, legal ethics, employment discrimination, and children and the law.

Professor Rich graduated with honors from Brown University in 1993.  She graduated from Yale Law School in 1998 and was a senior editor on the Yale Law Journal and the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism. She was awarded a postgraduate research fellowship at Yale Law School, during which she began her research on ways that antidiscrimination laws can better accommodate the shifting contingent nature of racial and ethnic identity.

Prior to entering private practice, Professor Rich clerked in the Southern District of New York for District Judge Robert L. Carter. She also clerked on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals for Circuit Judge Rosemary Barkett.  She joined Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP in 2003, where she worked primarily on general commercial litigation and internal investigations. Professor Rich also worked on various pro bono matters involving Title VII retaliation claims and disability rights. Her primary pro bono project was her work as co-counsel with the Legal Aid Society Prisoners Rights Project on a prisoners’ rights class action raising constitutional claims on behalf of all female prisoners in New York State prisons against New York State Department of Corrections officials. Plaintiffs challenged various prison staffing, supervision and training policies that created an unreasonable risk for female prisoners of sexual abuse by male corrections officers.  Professor Rich was awarded the Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Award in recognition of her work on prisoners’ rights claims.

Professor Camille Gear Rich's SSRN articles can be found here: SSRN
Professor Camille Gear Rich's BePress page be found here: BePress

Works in Progress

  • Marriage Markets and the Price of Masculinity ( Book Review, Rick Banks – Is Marriage For White People) (draft available on request)
  • Affirmative Action in the Era of Elective Race:  Racial Commodification and the Lesson of Elizabeth Warren (essay) (draft available on request)
  • Elective Race: The Right to Racial Self Determination and the Future of Title VII (draft available on request)
  • The Untouchables: Charting the Domain of Prohibited Touch in Child Molestation Law (article)
  • Desiring Whiteness: Title VII, Whiteness and the Shaping of Latino Identity

Publications and Shorter Works

  • "Making the Modern Family: Interracial Intimacy and the Production of Whiteness" (accepted Spring 2013, Harvard Law Review)
  • "Elective Race: Identifying Race Discrimination in the Era of Racial Self Definition" (accepted Spring 2013, Georgetown Law Journal)
  • "Affirmative Action in the Era of Elective Race: Racial Commodification and the Lesson of Elizabeth Warren" (accepted Spring 2013, Georgetown Law Journal)
  • "Innocence Interrupted: Reconstructing Fatherhood in the Shadow of Child Molestation Law" (draft currently available on SSRN - February 2012, accepted Cal. L. Rev., publication date est. 2013). - (SSRN)
  • "The Uniform Sister-wife Act", a review of Adrienne Davis’s article "Regulating Polygamy", 110 Col. L. Rev. 1955 (2010), Jotwell, ___  2012
  • Race-ing Motherhood, Harv. J. Gender & the Law On-Line Colloquium on Un-Sex Mothering, February 2012. - (Article)
  • "Marginal Whiteness," 98 Cal. L. Rev. 1497 (2010). - (SSRN)
  • "What Dignity Demands: The Challenges of Creating Sexual Harassment Protections for Non-Workplace Settings," 83 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1 (2009). - (SSRN)
  • "Decline to State: Diversity Talk and the American Law Student, 18 Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice 539 (2009). - (SSRN)
  • Performing Racial and Ethnic Identity: Discrimination by Proxy and the Future of Title VII, 79 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1134 (2004)
  • Note, The Ideology of Domination: Barriers to Client Autonomy in Legal Ethics Scholarship, 107 Yale. L. J. 2473 (1998) 

Recent and Upcoming Presentations

  • University of Minnesota Law School, Faculty Workshop. “Elective Race: Voluntary Racial Self Identification and the Future of Title VII, November 2012
  • UC Berkeley Law School, Seminar on Race and Sexuality, “Marriage Markets and the Price of Masculinity,” October 2012
  • Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network Conference, “Intersectionality in the Era of Elective Race,”  October 2012
  • Fordham Law School, Faculty Workshop, “Elective Race: Voluntary Racial Self Identification and the Future of Title VII,”  September 2012
  • Northwestern/Loyola Law School – Labor and Employment Law Colloquium “Affirmative Action in the Era of Elective Race: Racial Commodification and the Lesson of Elizabeth Warren, ” September, 2012
  • Innocence Interrupted: Reconstructing Fatherhood in the Shadow of Child Molestation Law, Law and Society Association Conference (June 2012)
  • Elective Race: Racial Determination Trials in the Post Racial Era, Duke Law School Center on Race Law and Politics (May 2012)
  • Innocence Interrupted: Reconstructing Fatherhood in the Shadow of Child Molestation Law, University of Chicago Law School Workshop on Regulating Family, Sex, and Gender (April 2012)
  • Innocence Interrupted: Reconstructing Fatherhood in the Shadow of Child Molestation Law, University of Iowa Faculty Workshop (March 2012)
  • Innocence Interrupted: Reconstructing Fatherhood in the Shadow of Child Molestation Law, Panelist, Association for Law Culture and the Humanities (March 2012)
  • Innocence Interrupted: Reconstructing Fatherhood in the Shadow of Child Molestation Law, USC Critical Race Theory/Critical Legal Studies Speaker Series (February 2012)
  • Innocence Interrupted: Reconstructing Fatherhood in the Shadow of Child Molestation Law, Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network Conference (January 2012)
  • Innocence Interrupted: Reconstructing Fatherhood in the Shadow of Child Molestation Law, USC Faculty Workshop (November 2011)
  • "Masculinity Crisis of Marriage Crisis?" (forum presentation) USC Center for Law Humanities and Culture, October 2011 (Commentary on Rick Bank's recent book Is Marriage for White People)
  • Marginal Whiteness, USC Critical Legal Studies/Critical Race Theory Working Group (October 2011)
  • Marginal Whiteness, Sixth Annual Labor and Employment Law Colloquium (September 2011)
  • "Working Identity and the Female Law Professor," Opening Plenary, AALS Rethinking Equality Workshop, (feminist legal theory conference), June 2011
  • "Marginal Whiteness Revisited," at the UC Irvine Law, Race and Socio-economic Class: Searching for Equality   UC Irvine Law School, March 2011
  • "Elective Race: Voluntary Racial Self Identification and the Enforcement of Title VII," AALS Annual Conference, Labor and Employment Section, January 2011
  • "Intersectionality As Political Strategy: Discursive Maneuvers in the Obama Presidential Campaign," UCLA CRS Symposium: Intersectionality: Challenging Theory, Reframing Politics, Transforming Movements, March 2010
  • "Marginal Whiteness," UC Berkeley Women of Color Collective Faculty Colloquium, March 2010
  • "Intersectionality and the Courts," Moderator, UCLA CRS Symposium: Intersectionality: Challenging Theory, Reframing Politics, Transforming Movements (Participants: Julie Su, Cheryl Harris and Paul Butler), March 2010
  • “Desiring Whiteness” AALS Mid Year Work Law Conference, June 2009
  • “Decline to State: Diversity-talk and the American Law Student,” Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, May 2009
  • “Racial Reticence and the American Workplace,” Law and Society Association, Annual Meeting, May 2009
  • “Marginal Whiteness,” Critical Race Theory 20th Anniversary Conference, University of Iowa School of Law, April 2009
  • “Marginal Whiteness,” University of Southern California Faculty Workshop, September 2008
  • “The White Man’s Burden: Understanding Title VII Interracial Solidarity Claims,” Southern California Junior Faculty Workshop,  July 2008