Landsberg, Brian K.

Brian Landsberg

Professor Emeriti
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 "I aim to help students develop the tools to make a difference in our world, pursuing whatever their definition of justice may be." 

Professor Emeritus Brian K. Landsberg began teaching at McGeorge in 1986 and has continued to teach since taking emeritus status. His teaching is grounded in his experience as an attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, beginning in the tumultuous 1960s. His career in the Civil Rights Division began with trial work to vindicate the right of African-Americans in Alabama to vote, notably including the case the recognized the right to march from Selma to Montgomery to protest racial discrimination in voter registration. That work also became the basis for his book Free at Last to Vote: The Alabama Origins of the Voting Rights Act. Professor Landsberg also worked on some of the first cases to desegregate public accommodations and on fair employment and fair housing cases. As Chief of the Education Section, he helped litigate the cases that transformed the schools of the Deep South from the most segregated to the most integrated schools in the nation by the mid-1970's. He then became Chief of the Appellate Section, arguing cases in United States Courts of Appeals throughout the country, as well as working on Supreme Court briefs in seminal civil rights cases.

Professor Landsberg's teaching has covered a wide range of public law and advocacy topics, including Constitutional Law, First Amendment Law, Federal Courts, Federal Anti-discrimination Law, Civil Rights Law, Critical Race Theory, Appellate Advocacy, as well as courses for students in advanced degree programs. He directed, for five years, the McGeorge program, financed by the United States Agency for International Development, to train Chinese law professors in experiential legal education methods such as clinical legal education and trial and appellate advocacy. That project culminated in the publication of several books in Chinese to guide Chinese law professors and students in these subjects.

Professor Landsberg has continued to promote civil rights, as Chair of the Amicus Committee of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a national organizations of lawyers founded at the request of President Kennedy to provide legal representation on important issues of race discrimination. He is also Co-Chair of the Sacramento-Davis Chapter of J Street, a national pro-Israel, pro-peace organization.

His other books include Global Issues in Constitutional Law [with Leslie Jacobs], Global Issues in Employment Discrimination Law [with Samuel Estreicher], Enforcing Civil Rights: Race Discrimination and the Department of Justice, and the three volume Major Acts of Congress [editor].


BA, University of California, Berkeley
LLB, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
Certificate in African Law, University of London

Curriculum Vitae
Research Focus

Representative Scholarship and Activities

"Lee v. Macon County Board of Education: The Possibilities of Federal Enforcement of Equal Educational Opportunity," 12 Duke J. Const. L. & Pub. Pol'y 1-52 (2016)

Introduction to Voices of the Civil Rights Division: Then and Now (October 28, 2011), 44 McGeorge L.Rev. 269 (2013)

California's Affirmative Action Ban in the Ninth Circuit, Jurist Forum, Feb. 23, 2012.

Promoting Social Justice Values and Reflective Legal Practice in Chinese Law Schools,24 Pac. McGeorge Glob. Bus. & Dev. L. J. 107 (2012).

Integrated Legal Education, J. Of Experiential Learning Legal Ed., China Univ. Pol. Sci. & L., Dec. 2010, at 6 available at.

Preface to Teng Hongqing & Changxing Liu, Access to Justice: Clinical Legal Education (2010) available at.

A Train the Trainers Program for Building Legal Infrastructure in China, 8 The CIP Rep. No. 12, June 2010, at 6 available at .

Free at Last to Vote: The Alabama Origins of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (University Press of Kansas, 2007).

Global Issues in Constitutional Law, co-authored with Leslie Jacobs (2007)

Global Issues in Employment Discrimination Law, co-authored with Samuel Estreicher (2007)

The Role of Judicial Independence, 19 Pac. McGeorge Global Bus. & Devel. J. 331 (2007)

Major Acts of Congress [Editor in Chief] (Macmillan Reference USA 2003);

"Sumter County, Alabama and the Origins of the Voting Rights Act," 45 Ala. L. Rev. 877 (2003).