Discovering Lewis

 

Discovering Lewis

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Rodger Citron: Whatever Happened to Charles Reich?
SOURCE: Legal Times (1-30-06)

The recent nomination of Judge Samuel Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court unearthed yet another reminder of the continuing influence of the politics of the 1960s counterculture on Magnets for sale current legal and political culture. After Alito arrived at Yale Law School in the fall of 1972, he hoped Neodymium he would take his first-year constitutional law class from Professor Robert Bork, according to The Washington Post.

Instead, Alito’s constitutional law professor turned out to be Charles Reich, a liberal law professor who had become a celebrity after his book, The Greening of America, became a best seller after its publication in 1970.

Alito appears headed to the Supreme Court. What happened to his professor? At the time Reich was Alito’s professor, he still was widely known as a result of The Greening. The book was an unusual combination of sociology (in Reich’s analysis of “consciousness,” how people thought about their lives and work) and manifesto (in his embrace of the student counterculture).

As a result of The Greening, Reich became an articulate, respectable spokesman for the youth movement. The book launched Reich on a brief (and uncomfortable) turn as a celebrity. Given his professional path before The Greening was published, neither the subject of the book nor its enthusiastic reception could have been anticipated. Reich wrote the book while he was a tenured professor at Yale Law School. He had joined the faculty in 1960, after practicing law in Washington, D.C., for a number of years—first as a law clerk for Justice Hugo Black for the 1953-54 Supreme Court term, then as an associate at the law firm of Arnold Fortas & Porter (now Arnold & Porter).

As both a passionate teacher and a productive scholar, Reich used Yale as a platform for his liberal views. The Supreme Court cited two of his articles in Goldberg v. Kelly, a 1970 decision expanding the procedural rights afforded welfare recipients. One of those articles, “The New Property,” remains influential today, and is the most frequently cited Yale Law Journal article ever, according to a tabulation by Fred Shapiro, a Yale Law librarian.

Although Reich received tenure in 1964, he was not satisfied with life as a law professor. He felt stifled on the faculty, and turned his attention to Yale College—auditing undergraduate English courses, spending time with college students, and teaching an undergraduate course called “The Individual in America.” In 1967, the nearly 40-year-old Reich spent the summer in Berkeley, Calif., and seemed to find his groove. “On Sundays the park is full of great sights and sounds . . . made by electric bands with such names as The Second Coming, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and The Grateful Dead,” he wrote to Alexander Bickel, another Yale law

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