Mario L. Barnes

  • Toni Rembe Dean
  • Professor of Law


Phone: (206) 543-2586


University of Wisconsin, School of Law, LL.M. University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall), J.D. University of California, Berkeley, B.A., Psychology

Areas of Expertise

Constitutional Law — Criminal Law — Discrimination — National Security Law

Recent Courses

LAW A 592 Constitutional Law II
LAW E 571 Lat Crit Theory, Praxis & Community Seminar

Mario L. Barnes is the Toni Rembe Dean of the University of Washington School of Law and a nationally recognized scholar for his research on the legal and social implications of race and gender, primarily in the areas of employment, education, criminal and military law.

Dean Barnes joined UW from UC Irvine School of Law where he served as professor and senior associate dean for academic affairs and taught courses in criminal justice, constitutional law, critical theories and national security law.

Before joining UCI in 2009, he was a faculty member at the University of Miami School of Law, where he was twice selected as Outstanding Law Professor.

Prior to his academic career, Barnes spent 12 years on active duty in the U.S. Navy, including service as a prosecutor, defense counsel, special assistant U.S. attorney, and on the commission that investigated the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen. His reserve assignments included service with the Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command in San Diego, the Navy Inspector General's Office in Washington, D.C., and U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa. He retired from the Navy in 2013, after 23 years of combined active and reserve service.

Barnes earned both his bachelor's degree in psychology and his juris doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. He completed his master of laws at the University of Wisconsin.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

Book Chapters

  • Mario L. Barnes, McCleskey v. Kemp in Critical Race Judgments (B. Capers, D. Carbado, R. Lenhardt & A. Onwauchi-Willig eds.) (forthcoming Oxford U. Press 2018).
  • Mario L. Barnes, Angela Onwuachi-Willig & Erwin Chemerinsky, Judging Opportunity Lost: Race-Based Affirmative Action and Equality Jurisprudence After Fisher v. University of Texas, in Controversies in Equal Protection 85-101 (Anne Richardson Oakes ed., 2015).
  • Mario L. Barnes, The Story of Rahman: Religious Advocacy at the Intersection of Crime and Free Speech, in Criminal Law Stories (Donna Coker & Robert Weisberg eds. 2013).

Book Reviews

News Media

  • Trina Jones & Mario L. Barnes, Editorial, America Is Not Yet Post-Racial, L.A. Daily J. (Aug. 28, 2009).

  • Speaker, "US Special Forces, Are They Above the Law?", Global Spotlight, University of Washington School of Law (May 10, 2019)
  • Moderator, "Parent Perspective: Safe Communities and Law Enforcement", Annual Charles V. Johnson Youth and Law Forum: Poetic justice: Seeking and Speaking Your Truth, Washington State Commission on African American Affairs (April 27, 2019)
  • Speaker, "An Uneven History: Interrogating the U.S. Supreme Court’s Usage of Empirical Data on Race Bias", University Rotary Club (February 22, 2019)