Professor Mario L. Barnes received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1990 and his J.D. in 1995 from the U. C. Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. At Boalt, he was Co-editor-in-Chief and published the first issue of the African-American Law & Policy Report (now Berkeley Journal of African-American Law and Policy). Professor Barnes is a twelve-year veteran of the U.S. Navy. Prior to receiving his honorable discharge in 2002, he served as a prosecutor, defense counsel, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, and Deputy Admiralty Counsel in the Office of the Judge Advocate General. He also served on the commission that investigated the 2000 terrorist bombing of the USS Cole. He joined the University of Miami law faculty in 2004, after receiving an LL.M. and serving as a William H. Hastie Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Professor Barnes writes and teaches in the areas of criminal law, constitutional law, and race and the law. In recent publications he has examined the use of proxies for race to discriminate in employment and how reverse discrimination jurisprudence has affected military officer promotion systems. In January of 2008, he was awarded the Derrick A. Bell, Jr. Award, which is presented by the Minority Groups Section of the American Association of Law Schools to a junior faculty member who has made an extraordinary contribution to legal education, the legal system, or social justice through teaching, scholarship and activism.