Ken Mack is the inaugural Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law and Affiliate Professor of History at Harvard University. Mack has worked at Harvard Law School since 1999 and his teaching and scholarship have focused on the legal and constitutional history of American race relations and economic life. In 2012, his book, Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, a National Book Festival Selection, was awarded honorable mention for the J. Willard Hurst Award by the Law and Society Association, and was a finalist for the Julia Ward Howe Book Award. His work has been published in the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Journal of American History, Law and History Review, and other scholarly journals. Mack and Obama were classmates and friends at Harvard Law School, assigned to the same first-year section in 1988. Mack served as executive editor of the Harvard Law Review during the time Obama served as its president.