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0000000 Jeff Fowler
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July 30, 2003 

Legacy of Brown vs. Board of Education Decision to be Examined at Saint Louis University Event

Conference will focus on 50th anniversary of landmark case

ST. LOUIS --On May 17, 1954, the United States Supreme Court declared that “separate but equal” education for African American students was not constitutional. With the 50th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision approaching, the Saint Louis University School of Law will host a one-day conference Friday, Oct. 10, to examine the impact of the decision, the changes it has made to American education, and the recent challenges to affirmative action in higher education.

The event will feature one of the lawyers involved in the Brown case; one of the country’s foremost legal historians; and the incoming dean of the University of Michigan School of Law, which was the focus of two recent Supreme Court decisions on affirmative action.

The event, Brown v. Board of Education: 50 Years Later, will be part of this year’s Richard J. Childress Memorial Lecture, and promises to be one of the most comprehensive programs highlighting the Brown decision.

Among those speaking at the conference will be Columbia University law professor Jack Greenberg, who helped litigate the Brown case. He also directed major civil rights litigation for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund in the decades that followed.

William E. Nelson, one of the country’s most prominent legal historians, will give the keynote address. Nelson is the Edward Weinfeld Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, and has written extensively on the Fourteenth Amendment.

Panel discussions will include a look at the aftermath of the Brown decision, and an examination of the impact of the recent Supreme Court decisions involving the University of Michigan. Evan Caminker, dean-designate at the University of Michigan School of Law, will be one of the panelists. A complete list of panelists can be found at

The conference will held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at the Saint Louis University School of Law, 3700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. For more information about the conference, please call Saint Louis University law professor Joel Goldstein at (314) 977-2766.


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