Brian Landsberg at diversity week in McGeorge School of Law on February 3, 2015.
Brian Landsberg with Kim Mueller and his wife Dorothy Landsberg at diversity week in McGeorge School of Law on February 3, 2015.
Brian Landsberg with Raquel Aldana and Ian Haney López at diversity week in McGeorge School of Law on February 3, 2015.
University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, United States
The University of California, Berkeley where Brian Landsberg received a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws degrees.
Senate House, Malet St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HU, United Kingdom
The University of London where Brian Landsberg received a Certificate in African law.
(The 1964 Civil Rights Act confirmed the central role of t...)
The 1964 Civil Rights Act confirmed the central role of the Department of Justice in the national battle against racial discrimination. Congress had established the department's Civil Rights Division in 1957 with a staff of a dozen to combat racial discrimination in voting; its current staff of 500 now prosecutes many forms of discrimination in employment, housing, education, and other areas. In Enforcing Civil Rights, a former member of the CRD focuses on the role of that agency in combating the racial caste system in America. Brian Landsberg's overview of civil rights enforcement reveals the political realities and national priorities that shaped it; the moral, practical, and political forces that have influenced it; and the roles of the federal government, executive branch, and Attorney General in implementing it.
(Although the heroism of the last century's freedom marche...)
Although the heroism of the last century's freedom marches will long be credited for ending racial discrimination, civil rights legislation owes much to work done more quietly in the district courtrooms of the South. This book expands our understanding of how the Voting Rights Act came about by focusing on several key cases in Alabama that paved the way for this landmark legislation. Brian Landsberg - himself a participant in many of these trials - argues that the Department of Justice litigation contributed significantly to the content of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act. His close analysis of these trials shows how they helped pave the way for the dramatic expansion of federal power in combating racist enforcement of voting laws. Focusing on three out of the seventy voting rights cases filed between 1957 and 1965, he reveals how the DOJ, newly armed with authority to bring civil suits against voting discrimination, aggressively pursued its efforts to enforce the Reconstruction Amendments.
(Landsberg and Jacobs’ Global Issues in Constitutional Law...)
Landsberg and Jacobs’ Global Issues in Constitutional Law is designed to supplement constitutional law classes with international, comparative, and transnational law issues. This volume of West’s Global Issues series covers Constitutionalism Judicial review Horizontal and vertical separation of powers Individual rights Equal protection Due process Freedom of speech and religion. The reader can pick and choose among the topics and the selections within the topics, inserting them as comparisons or elucidations in core constitutional law courses. Carefully drafted note materials and a teacher's manual make the book self-contained and allow to introduce international, transnational, and comparative law issues without additional background reading.
(This casebook emphasizes primary materials (statutes, Eur...)
This casebook emphasizes primary materials (statutes, European Union directives, regulations, guidelines, and cases) that have been edited to facilitate classroom discussion. Accessible to both professors and law students, the primary material is enhanced by brief notes and questions. The book can be assigned or recommended as optional reading to supplement a domestic-only employment discrimination law course or serve as the basis of a stand-alone seminar, to advance the students' understanding of their own system and the kinds of issues they will face in an era of globalization.
Brian Landsberg received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1959 and a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1962. In 1963 he received a Certificate in African law from the University of London.
Brian Landsberg began his career after studying in London. In 1964 he took the position of trial attorney and supervisory attorney at the Civil Rights Division of United States Department of Justice. His career in the Civil Rights Division began with trial work to vindicate the right of African-Americans in Alabama to vote, notably including the case the recognized the right to march from Selma to Montgomery to protest racial discrimination in voter registration. That work also became the basis for his book Free at Last to Vote: The Alabama Origins of the Voting Rights Act (2007). In 1969 he became chief of education section and in 1974 chief of appellate section. Simultaneously, he was a visiting professor at the University of the Pacific in 1984-1985.
Landsberg began teaching at McGeorge School of Law of the University of the Pacific in 1986. His teaching is grounded in his experience as an attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice. Landsberg also worked on some of the first cases to desegregate public accommodations and on fair employment and fair housing cases. As chief of the Education Section, he helped litigate the cases that transformed the schools of the Deep South from the most segregated to the most integrated schools in the nation by the mid-1970s. He then became chief of the Appellate Section, arguing cases in United States Courts of Appeals throughout the country, as well as working on Supreme Court briefs in seminal civil rights cases.
Landsberg's teaching has covered a wide range of public law and advocacy topics, including constitutional law, first amendment law, federal courts, federal anti-discrimination law, civil rights law, critical race theory, appellate advocacy, as well as courses for students in advanced degree programs. He directed, for five years, the McGeorge program, financed by the United States Agency for International Development, to train Chinese law professors in experiential legal education methods such as clinical legal education and trial and appellate advocacy. That project culminated in the publication of several books in Chinese to guide Chinese law professors and students in these subjects.
Landsberg is the author of Enforcing Civil Rights: Race Discrimination and the Department of Justice (1997), Global Issues in Constitutional Law (with Leslie Gielow Jacobs), Global Issues in Employment Discrimination Law (with Samuel Estreicher) and editor of Major Acts of Congress (2003), and Representing Clients: Simulation Case Files for Legal Education (2008). He contributed articles and reviews to periodicals, including National Law Journal.
(Although the heroism of the last century's freedom marche...)2007
(This casebook emphasizes primary materials (statutes, Eur...)2007
(Landsberg and Jacobs’ Global Issues in Constitutional Law...)2007
(The 1964 Civil Rights Act confirmed the central role of t...)1997
Brian Landsberg is a member of the American Bar Association, Order of the Coif, and Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. He promotes civil rights, as Chair of the Amicus Committee of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a national organization of lawyers founded at the request of President Kennedy to provide legal representation on important issues of race discrimination. He is also co-chair of the Sacramento-Davis Chapter of J Street, a national pro-Israel, pro-peace organization. He was also a member of The State Bar of California and District of Columbia Bar.
Jewish Community Relations Council , United States
1993 - present
Jewish Community Relations Council , United States
1998 - 1999
AIDS Housing Alliance , United States
1993 - 1995
Congregation B'nai Israel , United States
1996 - 1998
Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region , United States
2001 - 2002
Brian Landsberg married Dorothy S. in June 1967. The marriage produced three children, Elizabeth, Rachel, and Joshua.