The UDC-DCSL community sustained an irreparable loss with the March 9, 2006, death of Associate Professor James C. Gray, Jr. Professor Gray acted as the law school’s Assistant Dean for Student Affairs from 1991 to 1996, when he was appointed to the faculty as an associate professor of law. Professor Gray’s principal teaching responsibilities were property, international law, and the law of international human rights; he also taught administrative law, alternative dispute resolution, and moot court. In addition, he served as an indefatigable member of the law school’s bar passage task force, undertaking leadership responsibilities for a wide-ranging program that dramatically improved the bar passage rate of the law school’s graduates.
Prior to joining the School of Law, Professor Gray worked as a litigator with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in New York, as a legal advisor for the United States Mission to the United Nations, and as a litigator with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Professor Gray was strongly committed to the cause of international human rights – he was, for example, working at the time of his death on an article examining the significance of customary international law for the plight of the Guantanamo Bay detainees – and he was equally committed to securing human rights for residents of the District of Columbia, acting for ten years as an advisor to a coalition of local citizens in a proceeding before the Organization of American States Human Rights Commission that successfully challenged the city’s lack of full voting representation in Congress.
Professor Gray's students will remember his unfailing good humor, warmth, and compassion, as well as the constancy and vigor of his advocacy within the law school in behalf of student interests, causes, and organizations. His colleagues will remember him as an integral part of a small and fierce cadre of true believers in the mission of the school of law, as well as a dear friend.