N. Jeremi Duru is an Associate Professor at Temple University’s
James E. Beasley School of Law and is among the nation’s foremost
authorities on the intersection of race, sports, and law. Professor
Duru has authored numerous articles exploring employment
discrimination in the sports industry and has lectured on the topic
throughout the United States and abroad.
Before entering academia, Professor Duru clerked for the Honorable
Damon J. Keith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth
Circuit and then practiced law in Washington, DC for five years, first
at the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering and then with Mehri &
Skalet, PLLC, a plaintiffs’ side employment discrimination boutique.
Much of Professor Duru’s work at Mehri & Skalet involved challenges
to discriminatory employment practices in the world of professional
athletics, and throughout his tenure there he assisted in counseling
the Fritz Pollard Alliance of minority coaches, front office personnel,
and scouts in the NFL, giving him a unique and comprehensive
perspective on the league’s journey toward equal coaching opportunity.
In recognition of his commitment to battling racial discrimination in the
sports industry, the National Bar Association honored Professor Duru
with its 2005 Entertainment and Sports Lawyer of the Year award.
Professor Duru received his undergraduate education at Brown
University, after which he received a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law
School and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s John F.
Kennedy School of Government. He was born in Silver Spring, Maryland
and is married with two sons.
A collection of Professor Duru’s articles is available on SSRN.