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Roy L. Brooks

Racial Justice in the Age of Obama


Penned by USD Warren Distinguished Professor of Law Roy L. Brooks, Racial Justice in the Age of Obama explores current civil rights questions and theories, offering insights and remedies for American race issues. “Brooks captures all the nuances of the causes and effects of racial disparities in the United States. The book is neither too broad nor too narrow, and strikes a sensible, coherent balance that fills a void in race-related texts,” says Robin Barnes of the University of Connecticut School of Law.


Professor Roy L. Brooks served as a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal, clerked for the Honorable Clifford Scott Green of the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia and practiced corporate law with Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City before joining the USD Law faculty in 1979.

He teaches and writes in the areas of civil procedure, civil rights, employment discrimination and legal & critical theory. He is the author of more than 20 books, including Rethinking the American Race Problem (University of California Press) and Integration or Separation? A Strategy for Racial Equality (Harvard University Press), both of which received national book awards, and most recently, Racial Justice in the Age of Obama (Princeton University Press), Atonement and Forgiveness: A New Model for Black Reparations (University of California Press), and Structures of Judicial Decision Making from Legal Formalism to Critical Theory (Carolina Academic Press).  Brooks has also written more than 100 articles and book chapters and has presented more than 100 papers. He is a member of the American Law Institute.



"Brooks's informative work elaborates, compares, contrasts, and critiques the four major contemporary civil rights theories--'traditionalism,' 'reformism,' 'limited separation,' and 'critical race theory'--with attention to diversity within each perspective. . . . [B]rooks provides readers with a valuable road map to navigate a very complex theoretical terrain." — Choice

"Racial Justice in the Age of Obama provides an excellent, balanced summary, critique, and synthesis of the central approaches to racial justice as well as creative proposals--which are informed by each of the four approaches--for alleviating the internal and external problems that sustain the disparate resources between whites and blacks in the US. Brooks' book would fit well in courses on race and civil rights in political science, sociology, and African American Studies at the undergraduate and graduate level as well as in related law school seminars." — Daniel N. Lipson, Law and Politics Book Review

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