About Charles Hamilton Houston


As the Vice Dean of Howard Law School, Houston engineered the multi-year legal strategy that led to the unanimous 1954 Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education, repudiating the doctrine of “separate but equal” schools for black and white children. By facilitating a continuous dialogue between practitioners and scholars, he ensured that legal scholarship would resonate outside the academy, and that new legal strategies would be immediately incorporated into the training and practice of lawyers.

Read thoughts from former CHHIRJ Faculty Director Tomiko Brown-Nagin on the legacy of Charles Hamilton Houston here.



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