Victor Goode

Victor GoodeVictor 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
Seven protestors hold red, white and blue signs that say "Diversity equals success," and "Out of many, one America" and "Diversity works."

On Race and Education: What Today's Affirmative Action Decision Really Means

Victor Goode breaks down the Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin—and how it will impact students of color across the country.

A People’s History of Antonin Scalia, Conservative Warrior

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 Affirmative Action Non-Ruling, Explained

Wait, what exactly did they decide? Our resident constitutional law prof breaks it down.

Affirmative Action's Fate May Turn on Defining 'Critical Mass' of Diversity

With the policy narrowed to one promoting diversity rather than fostering equity, the Court now wants to know how its success can possibly be measured.

Roberts Court May Have Last Word in Long Debate Over Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court has been closing the door on affirmative action since 1978. This week, justices hear the case that many believe will finally slam it shut.

The Dark Cloud the Supreme Court Just Cast Over Affirmative Action

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.

Clarence Thomas, Elena Kagan and the Battle Over Who Gets To Rule

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.

Cases to Watch for the Most Conservative Supreme Court in Years

Immigration, prison overcrowding, prosecutorial overreaching and the culture wars are all on the docket.

The Roots of the GOP's Birth Citizenship Mania

Here’s what they’re talking about when they clamor for a review of the 14th Amendment.

Prosecuting the Duke Lacrosse Players

It was hard not to think about the thousands of young Black and Latino men who wind up in the same predicament as these Duke students.

The Future of Brown

Victor Goode revisits the history of one of the linchpins of the civil rights movement and asks, what is Brown’s relevance for the next decade?

Crisis on the Campus

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.