Alphonse Fletcher, Jr. Professor of Law
435 West 116th Street
Rm. 629, Jerome Greene Hall
New York NY 10027
- B.A., 1945; LL.B., 1948; LL.D., 1984, Columbia
- Morgan State College, 1965
- Lincoln (Pennsylvania), 1977
- John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 1983
- De Paul, 1994
- Howard, 2004
- Notre Dame, 2005
Areas of Expertise
- Constitutional, civil rights, and human rights law
- Civil procedure
- Kafka and the Law
- South Africa's post-apartheid constitution
Morgan State College, 1965; Lincoln (Pennsylvania), 1977; John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 1983; Columbia, 1984; De Paul, 1994, Howard 2004, Notre Dame 2005.
Assistant counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, 1949-61; director-counsel, 1961-84. Argued before U.S. Supreme Court in forty cases, including Brown v. Board of Education, 1954, which declared "separate but equal" unconstitutional; argued other cases in the Supreme Court and other courts involving civil rights in all its aspects. Founder, Earl Warren Legal Training Program, Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund. Participated in human rights missions to the Soviet Union, Poland, South Africa, the Philippines, Korea, Nepal, and elsewhere.
Adjunct professor, Columbia Law School, 1970-84; visiting lecturer, Yale Law School, 1971; Harvard Law School, 1983. Dean, Columbia College, 1989-93. Visiting professor, College of the City of New York, 1977; University of Tokyo Faculty of Law, 1993-94; distinguished visiting professor, St. Louis University Law School, 1994. Visiting professor, Lewis and Clark Law School, 1994, 1996; Princeton University, 1995; University of Munich, 1998; Tokyo University, 1996, 1998; University of Nuremberg-Erlangen, 1999-2000; Hebrew University, 2005. Cardozo lecturer, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1973. Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1998.
Awarded American Bar Association Thurgood Marshall Award, 1996. Founding member, Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Member, boards of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; Human Rights Watch (1978-98); and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal (2001).
Teaching interests include constitutional, civil rights, and human rights law, civil procedure, Kafka and the Law, and South Africa's post-apartheid constitution
Publications include Race Relations and American Law (1959); "Litigation for Social Change," (1973); Cases and Materials on Judicial Process and Social Change (1976); Dean Cuisine: The Liberated Man's Guide to Fine Cooking (with Vorenberg, 1991); Crusaders in the Courts: How a Dedicated Band of Lawyers Fought for the Civil Rights Revolution (1994); Crusaders in the Courts; Legal Battles of the Civil Rights Movement (2004); Brown v. Board of Education; Witness to A Landmark Decision (2004) and articles on civil rights, capital punishment, and other subjects.