It will not surprise many of you that, in defining social justice, I start from the policies of the ACLU. These value free expression, religious liberty, separation of church and state, due process, privacy, and the fair treatment of those that need special protection such as people with disabilities, poor people, gay people, nonwhite people, and women. In general, that is what I have in mind when I think about social justice. But the topic today is the agenda for social justice through law. We are not talking about theory or doctrine, but action. The title of this conference, "The Justice Mission of American Law Schools," also implies effectiveness in the real world. The key question is what we can and should do from our positions as law professors, as lawyers, and as public interest personalities.


The Justice Mission of American Law Schools