57 Vand. L. Rev. 1975 (2004)
Brown, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Silent Litigation Revolution

handle is hein.journals/vanlr57 and id is 1989 raw text is: VANDERBILT LAW REVIEW

VOLUME 57                  NOVEMBER 2004                   NUMBER 6
Brown, the Civil Rights Movement,
and the Silent Litigation Revolution
Stephen C. Yeazell *
I.     INTRODU  CTION  ................................................................... 1975
II.    BROWN AND THE CULTURE OF LAWYERS ............................ 1977
III.   BROWN AND THE STRUCTURE OF THE BAR ......................... 1985
A.     Deregulation as a Child of Brown .......................... 1985
B.     The Reconstitution of the Plaintiffs' Bar ................ 1991
IV.    IMPLICATIONS: SOCIAL CHANGE AND THE POLITICS
OF  ORDINARY  LITIGATION   .................................................. 2000
I. INTRODUCTION
One    doubts   that  Robert    Carter,  Thurgood    Marshall,
Spottswood Robinson, Jack Greenberg and the rest of the legal team
that argued Brown v. Board of Education1 spent much time thinking
about mass torts. Nonetheless, it is entirely appropriate that a
commemoration of their achievements include not only that topic but
also international human rights and health care, as well as the more
expected ones of education and social welfare. Brown was part of a
revolution, and revolutions often have collateral effects as important
as their immediate consequences. The civil rights movement followed
the same pattern.
* David G. Price & Dallas P. Price Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law. I am grateful both for
the opportunity afforded by the VANDERBILT LAW REVIEW to think about these themes and for
the comments by the symposium participants and by my colleagues, Richard Abel, Stuart Ban-
ner, Kenneth L. Karst, William Rubenstein, and Clyde Spillenger.
1. 347 U.S. 483 (1954) (Brown 1); 349 U.S. 294 (1955) (Brown II).
1975

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