Victor Goode, Associate Professor at CUNY Law School, has practiced in the areas of affirmative action, housing, and other civil rights fields. Before joining the Law School faculty, he served as Associate Director and later the National Director of the National Conference of Black Lawyers. NCBL was prominent over the last four decades in defending black political activists and advancing a number of radical and progressive issues. While at NCBL Professor Goode founded the Affirmative Action Coordinating Center, worked as part of the legal team that filed amicus briefs in three landmark affirmative action cases (Bakke, Weber, and Fullilove), and taught in the Urban Legal Studies Program at the City College of New York. He has served continuously at the Law School since its founding in1983 as Professor of Law and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and for two years was a Visiting Pro
The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has received hosannas from all directions. Here, Victor Goode considers his right-wing cred, his “originalist” read of the Constitution, and his hypocrisy on the bench.
The Roberts court is uniquely hostile to affirmative action. And now that it has agreed to review a challenge to the University of Texas's admissions program, all bets may be off for affirmative action in higher education.
As the Supreme Court prepares to take on a slate of big, history-shaping cases, the most weighty question is which justices will--or won't--get to decide the outcome. Victor Goode explains the ethics fight that's not going away any time soon.
As a famous baseball player once said, "It’s déjà vu all over again." With the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the two University of Michigan affirmative action cases (Grutter v. University of Michigan, the law school case, and Grantz v. Michigan, the undergraduate case), the issue of affirmative action that had been dormant for almost a quarter century has suddenly vaulted to the front pages again.