Law Quadrangle (formerly Law Quad Notes)


Excerpts from a Foreword to Argument: The Complete Oral Argument before the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education (L. Friedman ed. 1969) (Chelsea House).

As the transcript of the oral arements amply illustrates, many able lawyers participated in the five school segregation cases. But the principal antagonists were John W. Davis and Thurgood Marshall. Davis, the Democrats' nominee for President in 1924, was a magnificent legal advocate. If he lost the school segregation case, it was only because in 1954 no lawyer could have won it. And although he lost, he left no doubt why he was reputed t o be the leading advocate of his time.