Law School Associate Professor and
Director, Academic Achievement Program
BA, 1990, Howard University
JD, 1995, University of Maryland
Professor Russell McClain graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1995. From 1995 until 2005, Professor McClain was a civil litigator in Los Angeles, California. His practice areas included commercial, entertainment, consumer, and bankruptcy litigation. In the fall of 2005, Professor McClain accepted a two-year appointment to the faculty of Howard University as a legal writing instructor. In the fall of 2006, Professor McClain accepted a one-year part-time appointment to the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Law as a Visiting Law School Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Academic Achievement Program. In 2007-2008, Professor McClain was a full-time Visiting Law School Assistant Professor and Director of the Academic Achievement Program. In 2007-2008 he taught Sales and Payment Systems in the fall semester, in addition to fall and spring courses connected to the Academic Achievement Program.
Professor McClain’s developed a work in progress relating to the discharge of student loans in bankruptcy under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, expected to be completed during the summer of 2007. His research agenda includes a follow-up to this article, relating to the student lending paradigm generally, and, specifically, comparing student lending to predatory consumer lending. Ultimately, Professor McClain hopes to develop further articles in this area as they relate to education financing and equal access to higher education.
Professor McClain was recently honored by the University of Maryland Chapter of the Black Law Students Association as the 2006-2007 Alumnus of the Year.
Professor McClain was born in Kailua, Hawaii, and he has also lived in Nebraska, Guam, Maryland, and California. In addition to his scholarly interests, he also enjoys singing and songwriting.
Helping Our Students Reach Their Full Potential: The Insidious Consequences of Ignoring Stereotype Threat, 17 Rutgers Race & Law Review 1 (2016). [Full Text]