State Courts and School Desegregation: New Perspectives on Judicial Federalism and the Myth of Parity: Jefferson Memorial Lecture featuring Associate Justice Goodwin Liu

Lecture | April 23 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Goodwin Liu, Associate Justice, California Supreme Court

 Graduate Division

Associate Justice Goodwin Liu will present the Jefferson lecture on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. The lecture, entitled "State Courts and School Desegregation: New Perspectives on Judicial Federalism and the Myth of Parity," will be held in the Chevron Auditorium of International House and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

About Goodwin Liu

Goodwin Liu is an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court. Before joining the state’s highest court in 2011, Justice Liu was Professor of Law at Berkeley Law and served as Associate Dean. His areas of expertise are constitutional law, education law and policy, and the U.S. Supreme Court.


About the Lecture

A conventional view is that federal courts are superior forums for vindicating civil rights than state courts. This view traces its contemporary origins to the civil rights revolution of the 1960s and 1970s in the aftermath of Brown v. Board of Education, the paradigmatic triumph of federal judicial power over unlawful state action. But the underexplored history of state courts and school segregation during the century before Brown challenges the conventional view. Black plaintiffs challenging segregation obtained relief in state courts more often than is commonly known. By examining scores of segregation cases litigated during the century before Brown, Liu aims to shed new and critical light on the ‘myth of parity’ and elucidate the shared role of state and federal courts in elucidating constitutional principles.

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