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Remembering the Dream, Renewing the Dream: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech and the March on Washington

We Have a Dream by David Schoenbrod

When the leaders of the March on Washington assembled on the high stage built in front of the Lincoln Memorial, they saw below them a vast host of marchers stretching out along the Reflecting Pool to the Washington Monument, a mile away and beyond. I was down there…Read more

Reflections on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the March and the Speech: History, Memory, Values by Edward A. Purcell

In early 1941, A. Philip Randolph, the head of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, announced his plan to dramatize the economic grievances of American blacks by sponsoring a march on Washington. He initially hoped to attract some 10,000 supporters, but growing enthusiasm in the black community led him to believe that many times that number might turn out…Read more

An Awakening: How the Civil Rights Movement Helped Shape My Life by Frederick A.O. Schwarz 

The struggle of the civil rights movement for freedom and fairness is among the most important events in America’s history, and it had a great impact on my life. There were many heroic figures in the Movement, including Thurgood Marshall at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense Fund, with his painstaking and brilliant step-by-step legal strategy that led to Brown v. Board of Education...Read more

Remembering the Freedom Riders an interview with Ernst H. Rosenberger

In 1961, over 400 Americans, black and white, Northerners and Southerners, from every age group and religious affiliation, decided to challenge the segregationist status quo by riding interstate buses through the Deep South. For exercising their basic civil rights – rights with which the state could not constitutionally interfere…Read more

A State of Action by Alan Gartner  and Christopher Ferreira

The Supreme Court has a long history as the staging ground for American civil rights reform. The landmark cases are intertwined with the study of American history from virtually the earliest stages of our education. One need not have sat through a constitutional law class to understand the significance of Brown v. Board of EducationRead more

Dream Vignettes by Richard Chused

Asking a law professor to publish an essay1 in observance of the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s August 28, 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech is a bold and potentially foolish gesture. And in a law review, of all places. How can anyone possibly capture the ethereal heights of spirituality, emotion, and power King ushered into the world that day?…Read more

When Democracy Worked: Reflections on the Passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by John G. Stewart

In almost no time at all, a half century flew by and we reached the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom that gathered on the National Mall the day of August 28, 1963. This event triggered a realization that this was a special time—one of turmoil but also of great accomplishment…Read more

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Law Review Diversity Report

In 2011, 2012 and 2013, the New York Law School Law Review published its law review diversity reports examining female and minority student representation among law review membership and leadership nationwide. The reports are based on research conducted in collaboration with Ms. JD and include results based on surveys of the flagship, general interest law review or journal at ABA-approved law schools. More information is available here.