McGeorge School of Law

Open California History Project Interviews Professor Emeritus Landsberg

December 6, 2018

Professor Emeritus Brian Landsberg

Professor Emeritus Brian Landsberg

Professor Emeritus Brian Landsberg was interviewed on July 13, 2018 as part of the Open California History Project. He has been teaching at McGeorge since 1986, and he served in the 1960s as an attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

The interviews took place in the studio of the California Channel in Sacramento by Mary Louise Frampton, director of the Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies at the UC Davis School of Law. The interview is posted in two parts on CapitolWeekly.net:

Part 1: Selma and Beyond

Brian K. Landsberg: A Civil Rights Lawyer’s Story. Part 1: Selma and Beyond from Capitol Weekly on Vimeo.

Part 2: Voting Rights and Desegregation

Brian K. Landsberg: A Civil Rights Lawyer’s Story. Part 2: Voting Rights and Desegregation from Capitol Weekly on Vimeo.

Landsberg's teaching is grounded in his experience as an attorney working 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.