It is with great sadness that I report the death of Professor Derrick Bell, who passed away yesterday after a long illness. Professor Bell was the first African American tenured professor at Harvard Law School. Professor Bell also served as dean of the University of Oregon School of Law, and was a visiting professor at NYU Law until his death. His scholarship influenced a generation of scholars interested in changing the racial narrative in our country, and he will be sorely missed. The New York Times obituary is here.