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Perpetual Evolution: A School's-Focused Public Law Litigation Model For Our Day, James S. Liebman Jan 2017

Perpetual Evolution: A School's-Focused Public Law Litigation Model For Our Day, James S. Liebman

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In celebrating the monumental accomplishments of the new form of public law litigation that Constance Baker Motley and her colleagues pioneered, this Essay reinterprets their paradigm-shifting body of work in a manner that obliges the current generation of civil rights advocates to change direction. In the hopes of reengaging the affirmative force of constitutional litigation after decades in which it has waned, this Essay argues that the central lesson to be derived from Motley’s generation lies not in the mode of public law litigation it pioneered but in the design of that litigation in the image of the dominant ...