I have defined my subject as “Law and the Quest for Equality.” Actually the subject involves several themes: the synergy of law and social patterns; the promotion of reform through, and by means of, existing legal means and doctrine; and the changing role of a lawyer in society. I shall begin by giving a brief exegesis of the School Segregation Cases. I do not propose to tell of every legal recognition of equality or of every lapse or legitimization of inequality from Dred Scott' to the school cases; the story has been told elsewhere and quite well. But it is necessary for the development of my subject and themes to discuss some of these cases.
Civil rights, Equal protection