New York, December 17, 2014—Columbia Law School faculty members gathered on Dec. 12 to celebrate the 90th birthday of their colleague Professor Jack Greenberg ’48, a civil rights icon best known for his historic argument before the U.S. Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education.
|Professor Jack Greenberg '48, foreground, at a celebration held in honor of his 90th birthday.|
Greenberg, the Alphonse Fletcher, Jr. Professor of Law, is the sole surviving member of the team of attorneys who argued Brown. The landmark school desegregation case was just one of 40 cases the crusading civil rights attorney argued before the high court in a career that included major contributions to school integration, equal employment, fair housing, and voter registration efforts in the U.S., as well as international advocacy on behalf of the Roma, who face discrimination across Europe.
Greenberg is just as legendary in the classroom as he was in the courtroom. This past fall, he co-taught a course on discrimination with Professor Kendall Thomas.