October 19, 2016
Distinguished Professor Emeritus Brian K. Landsberg authored the lead article in Volume 12, Number 1 of the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy, "Lee v. Macon County Board of Education: The Possibilities of Federal Enforcement of Equal Educational Opportunity."
The article describes the suit that desegregated all of Alabama's school systems in 1967 and discusses its implications for the role of the federal government in current educational segregation issues.
Professor Landsberg's teaching is grounded in his experience as an attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, beginning in the tumultuous 1960s. He worked on some of the first cases to desegregated public accommodations and on fair employment and fair housing cases. As Chief of the Education Section, he helped litigate the cases that transformed the schools of the Deep South from the most segregated to the most integrated schools in the nation by the mid-1970's. He then became Chief of the Appellate Section, arguing cases in United States Courts of Appeals throughout the country, as well as working on Supreme Court briefs in seminal civil rights cases.