N. Jeremi Duru, a Professor of Law at American University’s Washington College of Law, serves as “of counsel” to the Fritz Pollard Alliance. Before entering academia, Professor Duru was an associate at Mehri & Skalet, where he represented plaintiffs’ interests in employment discrimination and other civil rights matters.
Much of Professor Duru’s work involved challenges to discriminatory employment practices in professional athletics. In recognition of this work, the National Bar Association honored Professor Duru with its 2005 Entertainment and Sports Lawyer of the Year award. Professor Duru has lectured and written extensively on sports law and employment law topics and, among other publications, is co-author of Sports Law and Regulation: Cases, Materials, and Problems (3d ed.) (Wolters Kluwer) and author of Advancing the Ball: Race, Reformation, and the Quest for Equal Coaching Opportunity in the NFL (Oxford University Press), which traces the Fritz Pollard Alliance’s history and the Rooney Rule’s inception.
After receiving his undergraduate education at Brown University, Professor Duru completed a joint-degree program at Harvard University, receiving a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School. He then served as a law clerk to the Honorable Damon J. Keith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Advancing the Ball: Race, Reformation, and the Quest for Equal Coaching Opportunity in the NFL