Brown, The Civil Rights Movement, and the Silent Litigation Revolution

29 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2004  

Stephen C. Yeazell

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Abstract

Brown v. Board of Education had two collateral effects on the legal profession. First, it created a new set of professional heroes - plaintiffs' lawyers pursuing social reform through litigation. Second, it began the gradual deregulation of the bar, particularly the plaintiffs' bar. Both changes reached well beyond the original civil rights arena and both continue to shape the legal profession and the economics of civil litigation.

Keywords: Brown, plaintiffs' bar, deregulation, legal ethics

JEL Classification: K22, K41

Suggested Citation

Yeazell, Stephen C., Brown, The Civil Rights Movement, and the Silent Litigation Revolution. Vanderbilt Law Review, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=608002

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