Speaker Series

Russel McClainRussell McClain, JD ’95, associate professor and associate dean for diversity and inclusion at the Francis King Carey School of Law, was the guest speaker at the Diversity Speaker Series event Nov. 9, 2017, at the SMC Campus Center.

He discussed Seeing the Invisible: How Implicit Bias and Other Factors Can Impede Teaching, Learning, and the Delivery of Professional Services.

Read about McClain's talk.

Russell McClain, JD - Bio

Russell McClain, JD, associate professor and associate dean for diversity and inclusion at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, graduated Order of the Coif from the school in 1995. From 1995 until 2005, McClain was a civil litigator in Los Angeles, where his cases involved commercial, entertainment, consumer, and bankruptcy litigation.

McClain began teaching in the fall of 2005 as a legal writing instructor at Howard University School of Law. He began teaching at Carey Law in 2006, and he received a full-time appointment to the faculty in 2007.

Since then, he has worked as the director of the law school’s Academic Achievement Program, which focuses on assisting with the academic development of law students.  In 2016, McClain was promoted to associate professor, and he was appointed by the dean to the position of associate dean for diversity and Inclusion. He also is a member of the University’s Diversity Advisory Council. 

McClain’s scholarly interest is in the psychological factors that affect academic performance, including stereotype threat and implicit bias. This research explores whether stereotype threat (the fear of confirming negative group stereotypes) and implicit bias (subconscious categorizations that are biased against racial/ethnic minorities and women) work together to suppress the performance of these groups in higher education, including in law school.

He has made numerous presentations to law schools and other professional groups on the topics of stereotype threat and implicit bias. McClain also is developing a guide to academic success for minority law students. 

McClain is vice president for diversity for the Association of Academic Support Educators. He has served as a member of the Law School Admissions Council’s Diversity Committee and was honored by the University of Maryland Chapter of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) as the 2006-2007 Alumnus of the Year.  In 2011, the BLSA chapter named him Professor of the Year.

McClain has lived in Hawaii, Nebraska, Guam, Maryland, California, and Virginia. In addition to his scholarly interests, he enjoys singing and songwriting.

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