Brown v. Board of Education:  the justices' Internal Deliberations

Join us on Thursday, March 28th, for this virtual event, featuring Professor Michael J. Klarman, Charles Warren Professor of Legal History at Harvard Law School, as guest speaker. 

In Brown v. Board of Education (1954),  the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that separating children in public schools on the basis of race was unconstitutional. Professor Klarman will discuss the impact of this momentous ruling. He'll take us behind the scenes to examine the justices' deliberations and reconstruct why they found the case so difficult to decide.


Professor Michael J. Klarman joined the faculty at Harvard Law School in 2008. He received his B.A. and M.A. (political theory) from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980, his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1983, and his D. Phil. in legal history from the University of Oxford (1988), where he was a Marshall Scholar. After law school, Professor Klarman clerked for the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (1983–84). He joined the faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law in 1987 and served there until 2008 as the James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law and Professor of History. 

Professor Klarman has also served as the Ralph S. Tyler, Jr., Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, Distinguished Visiting Lee Professor of Law at the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary, Visiting Professor at Stanford Law School, and Visiting Professor at Yale Law School. 

Professor Klarman has won numerous awards for his teaching and scholarship, which are primarily in the areas of Constitutional Law and Constitutional History. In 2009 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.



When: Thursday, March 28, 2024, at 5:00 to 6:00 PM PST

Registration: To register, email to receive the Zoom link.