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Victor Goode

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 Professor at Columbia University Law School, where he taught in the Fair Housing Clinic. 

He has lectured widely on teaching professional skills and values, and has given Congressional testimony on police misconduct and racially-motivated violence and more recently has played a role in advancing the field of Contemplative Practice in the law. He has been a board member of the Applied Research Center for the last eight years.

The Affirmative Action Non-Ruling, Explained

The Affirmative Action Non-Ruling, Explained

by Victor Goode on June 25 2013, 8:35AM

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

Topics: Affirmative Action, Schools & Youth

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

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

by Victor Goode on October 11 2012, 10:37AM

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.

Topics: Affirmative Action, Schools & Youth

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

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

by Victor Goode on October 9 2012, 9:21AM

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.

Topics: Affirmative Action, Schools & Youth

The Dark Cloud the Supreme Court Just Cast Over Affirmative Action

The Dark Cloud the Supreme Court Just Cast Over Affirmative Action

by Victor Goode on February 22 2012, 10:40AM

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.

Topics: Schools & Youth

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

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

by Victor Goode on January 9 2012, 8:58AM

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.

Topics: Health, Politics

Cases to Watch for the Most Conservative Supreme Court in Years

Cases to Watch for the Most Conservative Supreme Court in Years

by Victor Goode on October 4 2010, 10:35AM

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

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration

The Roots of the GOP's Birth Citizenship Mania

The Roots of the GOP’s Birth Citizenship Mania

by Victor Goode on August 12 2010, 11:29AM

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

Topics: 14th Amendment, Immigration

Prosecuting the Duke Lacrosse Players

by Victor Goode on July 31 2007, 12:00PM

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.

Topics: Criminal Justice

The Future of Brown

by Victor Goode on July 21 2004, 12:00PM

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?

Topics: Schools & Youth

Crisis on the Campus

by Victor Goode on March 15 2003, 12:00PM

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….

Topics: Criminal Justice, Schools & Youth