A Legacy of Justice on the Federal Bench

A Legacy of Justice on the Federal Bench

Polly Price

5.11.2009

Polly Price

Polly J. Price is professor of law and associate dean of faculty at Emory University School of Law. She is also an associate faculty member of the department of history at Emory and the author of Property Rights: Rights and Liberties under the Law. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Prof. Price served as a law clerk for Richard S. Arnold in the Eighth US Circuit Court of Appeals from 1989 to 1991.

Dean of faculty at Emory University School of Law, Polly Price will discuss her book about Judge Richard S. Arnold, who served on the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals from 1980-2004. A law clerk for Arnold from 1989 to 1991, Price traces his life, career and political transformation from an elite Southerner with deep misgivings about Brown v. Board of Education to a modern champion of civil rights, particularly in his handling of Little Rock school desegregation cases. The book examines desegregation and other pressing federal court issues in the closing decades of the twentieth century, including the death penalty, abortion, free speech and voting rights.