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Diane (Klein) Kemker

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  • Visiting Professor of Law
  • Visiting & Fellows
  • 312-362-6263
  • ​733 O'Malley Place​

​​Diane Kemker has been a law professor since 2000, and has taught at law schools in Texas, Florida, New York, and California.  She began her career at an HBCU law school, Thurgood Marshall School of Law (Texas Southern University), and has most recently served as a visiting professor of law (remote) at Southern University Law Center (also an HBCU law school).  Her scholarship focuses primarily on applying Critical Race Theory and other anti-discrimination law approaches to core doctrinal areas, including wills and trusts, taxation, property, and professional responsibility.  Her work has appeared in the Baylor Law Review, Duquesne Law Review, Ecology Law Currents (UC Berkeley Law School), FIU Law Review, Golden Gate University Law Review, Idaho Law ReviewJournal of the Legal Profession, Lewis & Clark Law Review, Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law JournalMaryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and ClassNational Black Law Journal (Columbia Law School), Pittsburgh Tax ReviewProfessional Ethics, Rutgers Race & The Law ReviewSuffolk University Law Review, UCLA Entertainment Law Review, University of Pittsburgh Law ReviewUniversity of St. Thomas (MN) Journal of Law and Public Policy, West Virginia Law ReviewWhittier Law Review, and she has forthcoming publications in the Journal of Legal Education and University of Pittsburgh Law Review Online.  She has contributed chapters to Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Property Opinions (Cambridge University Press, 2021) and Beyond Same-Sex Marriage (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).  As "The Professor in Your Corner," Diane is also the creator of antiracist teaching materials currently in use in elementary and middle schools across the United States.  She is a co-founder of the Law vs. Antisemitism Project, which will host the 2nd Annual Law vs. Antisemitism Conference in March of 2023. 

She earned her AB in philosophy from Harvard College, her JD from UCLA School of Law, and her LLM in taxation summa cum laude from the University of San Francisco School of Law.  She served as a clerk to the Hon. Lourdes G. Baird of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.​