Charles A. Reich to Keynote Awards Banquet at Touro Law

May 10, 2010

Central Islip, NY – Charles A. Reich will keynote Touro Law Center’s Honors Banquet on Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 6 pm at the Law Center in Central Islip. The banquet, an annual tradition at the law school, will honor student members of the Touro Law Review, the Touro Moot Court Board and the Touro Vis Moot Court Team. Reich will speak about the Supreme Court's decision(s) in Brown v. Board of Education, as he was a law clerk when Brown was decided, and about Justice William O. Douglas, with whom he became friends. He may also talk about the current Supreme Court.
"As a visionary, a scholar, an author and a law professor – I can’t think of a better person to be the keynote speaker at a banquet honoring our own outstanding law students who have such a bright future ahead of them," said Dean Lawrence Raful.
Charles Reich is one of the most accomplished and interesting law professors of our time. His 1964 article "The New Property,” published in the Yale Law Journal, continues to influence our understanding of the Constitution’s due process clause and is one of the most frequently cited law review articles ever. (The Supreme Court cited the article and another one by Reich in Goldberg v. Kelly, 397 U.S. 254 (1970).) His 1970 book The Greening of America – which explained and embraced the spirit of the 1960s youth movement at its peak, just before it began to recede – sold millions of copies.
In "A Passion for Justice," to be published in the Touro Law Review this May, Reich provides a candid and thoughtful account of his year clerkship with Justice Hugo L. Black during the 1953-54 term of the Supreme Court. During that term, the Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education and a number of other important decisions. In addition to discussing those cases, Reich also provides a portrait of one of the greatest Justices ever to serve on the Supreme Court. Reich concludes the article with some thoughts about the Supreme Court today.

Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center’s 185,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is located adjacent to both a state and a federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York. Touro Law’s proximity to the courthouses, coupled with programming developed to integrate the courtroom into the classroom, provide a one-of-a kind learning model for law students, combining a rigorous curriculum taught by expert faculty with a practical courtroom experience. Touro Law, which has a student body of approximately 750 and an alumni base of more than 5,000, offers full- and part-time J.D. programs, several dual degree programs and graduate law programs for US and foreign law graduates. Touro Law Center is part of the Touro College system.

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