Impact of Brown v. Board of Education to Be Examined at Law School Symposium

February 11, 2004

Jack Greenberg, one of the NAACP lawyers who successfully argued Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark 1954 Supreme Court case that ended racial segregation in America's public schools, will give the keynote address at a University of Virginia School of Law symposium February 20-21 that will examine the ruling's impact from the vantage point of its 50th anniversary. The case had a profound effect on American society and gave impetus to the nascent Civil Rights movement.

Sponsored by the Virginia Law Review and the Center for the Study of Race and Law, the symposium will feature distinguished national scholars on three panels that will focus on the case's impact on American society and law.

Greenberg, now a professor at Columbia University will speak at 4:15 p.m., February 20, in Caplin Pavilion. Immediately following his address, the first panel will address Brown's effect on school integration. The second panel, meeting Saturday at 10:30 a.m., will focus on Brown's impact on the Civil Rights movement. The final panel, beginning at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, will discuss Brown's implications for the interpretation of the Constitution.

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4:15 p.m.


KEYNOTE ADDRESS by Jack Greenberg, Professor of Law at Columbia University, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, 1949-1984.

5:00 p.m.


  • Kevin D. Brown, Professor of Law and Afro-American Studies at the University of Indiana
  • Gary Orfield, Professor of Education and Social Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Director of the Harvard Project on School Desegregation, and Codirector of the Harvard Civil Rights Project
  • James E. Ryan , William L. Matheson & Robert M. Morgenthau Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia
  • Amy Stuart Wells, Professor of Sociology and Education at Columbia University's Teachers College
10:30 a.m.


  • Michael J. Klarman , James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law, Albert C. Tate Research Professor, and Professor of History at the University of Virginia
  • Kara M. Turner, Assistant Dean, College of Liberal Arts at Morgan State University
  • Mark Tushnet, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown University
12:00 p.m.

LUNCH in Scott Commons

1:15 p.m.


  • Jack M. Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale University
  • John C. Harrison , David Lurton Massee, Jr., Professor of Law
    Horace W. Goldsmith Research Professor
  • Akhil R. Amar, Southmayd Professor of Law at Yale University


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