Lawyers and Social Scientists: A Love –Match or Marriage of Convenience?

By Anne Richardson Oakes.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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In the United States the use of social science evidence initiated the desegregation era but the Supreme Court’s modern affirmative action jurisprudence now makes demands which social science cannot satisfy. This article considers the limitations of empirical explanations in rights-based constitutional litigation in the context of contemporary debates concerning the future strategy of critical lawyering.

Keywords: Social Science Evidence, Brandeis Brief, Social Science and Legal Strategy, Narratives in Law and Social Science

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 8, pp.89-100. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 667.651KB).

Dr. Anne Richardson Oakes

Senior Lecturer in Law, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK

Anne Richardson Oakes is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law Birmingham City University. She has a professional legal background and extensive teaching experience in the fields of property law and public law. Her current teaching and research interest is US Constitutional Law which she teaches on the LLB program. She has recently completed doctoral research into the Boston Schools Desegregation case and is a researcher in the Law School's Center for American Legal Studies.


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